Cercopith’ – Guenons

Show diversification in fur type, beards, face markings, and brightly colored spots

Most species in this genus have social systems with single-male/multi-female groups where aggressive langur male defend their units against all-male groups. However, Chlorocebus aethiops (African green monkey) and Cercopithecus neglectus (De Brazza’s monkey) show exceptions to this single-male rule.

The tails in most species are adapted with a systemized network of veins and arteries, which mitigates heat loss. Physiology and disease susceptibility varies between the species, making each one unique. Infanticide (killing of infants) is observed in many Cercopithecus species, which might also be the reason behind the decline or extinction of some species. Learning about each species is an exciting experience as their behaviors overlap as well as differ to a great extent.