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Monkey (Mangabey)

Cercocebus atys
Monkey (Mangabey)

Range

Mangabey monkeys live in the forests of West Africa and Zaire.

Habitat

They can be found in dense rainforests, mangroves, and swampy forests. They live a good part of their lives in the trees (arboreal), but do run along the ground at times to look for fruit.

Body Traits

They can measure more than 6 feet long, including their tails, which make up 1/2 their body length. Females are much smaller than the males, who can weigh up to 9 pounds.

Habits

Mangabeys live in troops of up to 20 females with one lead female and a couple of males.

Diet

They eat mostly fruit, with some plants and insects.

Predators

Because of their speed and high forest habitat they have few predators.

Reproduction

Females are pregnant for 51/2 - 6 months (gestation) and have 1 young.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live for 30-40 years. They are listed as Lower Risk - near threatened.

Monkey (Mangabey)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Genus: Cercocebus
Species: Cercocebus atys

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