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Angola Colobus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Colobus
Species: C. angolensis
Binomial name
Colobus angolensis
P. Sclater, 1860

The Angola Colobus (Colobus angolensis) is an arboreal Old World monkey belonging to the Colobus genus.

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Physical characteristics

Like all black-and-white colobi, the Angola Colobus has black fur and a black face, surrounded by long, white locks of hair. It also has a mantle of white hair on the shoulders. The long, thin tail can be either black or white, but the tip is always white. There is a significant regional variation in the total amount of white on the body and the length of the fur. Animals that live in the mountains have longer, thicker fur than animals from the lowlands to protect them against the cold.

Angola Colobi have a head-body length of 50 to 70 cm, with the males usually being larger than females. The tail is about 75 cm long, and the body weight varies between 9 to 20 kg.

Distribution and habitat

The Angola Colobus occurs in dense rainforests, both in the lowlands and coastal mountains. It lives in most of the Congo Basin, to the south and northeast of the Congo River, as far as Ruwenzori, Burundi and southwestern Uganda. The species can also be found in East Africa, especially in the coastal forests of Kenya and Tanzania and in isolated mountain areas. Although the species is named after Angola, it is quite rare in that country. Of all Colobus species, the Angola Colobus occurs in the southernmost latitudes. The geographical range lies south of that of the Mantled Guereza.

Food

The diet of the Angola Colobus consists of about two thirds of leafs and one third of fruit and seeds. The East Tanzanian population lives mainly on ripe fruit, supplemented with full-grown leafs.

References

  1. ^ Kingdon, J., Struhsaker, T., Oates, J. F., Hart, J. F., Butynski, T. M., De Jong, Y. & Groves, C. P. (2008). Colobus angolensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 4 January 2009.

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Wikispecies

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Colobus angolensis

Taxonavigation

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Primates
Subordo: Haplorrhini
Infraordo: Simiiformes
Parvordo: Catarrhini
Superfamilia: Cercopithecoidea
Familia: Cercopithecidae
Subfamilia: Colobinae
Genus: Colobus
Species: Colobus angolensis

Name

Colobus angolensis, P. Sclater, 1860

Vernacular names

English: Angola colobus

References

  • Colobus angolensis on Mammal Species of the World.
    Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).

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