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Black and white colobus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Primates
Family  Cercopithecidae
Scientific name  Colobus
Higher classification  Leaf-eating monkeys
Phylum  Chordata
Suborder  Haplorhini
Subfamily  Colobinae
Rank  Genus
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Lower classifications  Mantled guereza, Angola colobus, King colobus, Black colobus, Ursine colobus

Black and white colobuses at london zoo


Black-and-white colobuses (or colobi) are Old World monkeys of the genus Colobus, native to Africa. They are closely related to the brown colobus monkeys of genus Piliocolobus. The word "colobus" comes from Greek κολοβός kolobós ("docked"), and is so named because in this genus, the thumb is a stump. Colobuses are herbivorous, eating leaves, fruit, flowers, and twigs. Their habitats include primary and secondary forests, riverine forests, and wooded grasslands; they are found more in higher-density logged forests than in other primary forests. Their ruminant-like digestive systems have enabled these leaf-eaters to occupy niches that are inaccessible to other primates.

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Black-and-white colobus Eastern Black and White Colobus Monkey Utah39s Hogle Zoo

Colobuses live in territorial groups of about nine individuals, based upon a single male with a number of females and their offspring. Newborn colobuses are completely white. Cases of allomothering are documented, which means members of the troop other than the infant's biological mother care for it.

Black-and-white colobus BlackandWhite Colobus Monkey The Cincinnati Zoo amp Botanical Garden

Colobuses are important for seed dispersal through their sloppy eating habits, as well as through their digestive systems. They are prey for many forest predators, and are threatened by hunting for the bushmeat trade, logging, and habitat destruction.

Black-and-white colobus Black and White Colobus Colobus guereza

There are five species of this monkey, with at least eight subspecies:

  • Genus Colobus
  • Black colobus, C. satanas
  • Gabon black colobus, C. s. anthracinus
  • Bioko black colobus, C. s. satanas
  • Angola colobus, C. angolensis
  • Sclater’s Angola colobus, C. a. angolensis
  • Powell-Cotton’s Angola colobus, C. a. cottoni
  • Adolf Friedrichs’s Angola colobus, or Ruwenzori black-and-white colobus, C. a. ruwenzorii
  • Cordier’s Angola colobus, C. a. cordieri
  • Prigogine's Angola colobus, C. a. prigoginei
  • Peters's Angola colobus or Tanzanian black-and-white colobus, C. a. palliatus
  • King colobus, C. polykomos
  • Ursine colobus, C. vellerosus
  • Mantled guereza or Abyssinian black-and-white colobus, C. guereza

  • Black-and-white colobus BlackAndWhite Colobus Lincoln Park Zoo

    Baby black and white colobus plays


    References

    Black-and-white colobus Wikipedia


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