genus of mammals

The guenons (/ɡəˈnn/ or /ˈɡwɛnən/) are the genus Cercopithecus of Old World monkeys.[1][2]

Roloway monkey
Darwin's "Descent of man" (1872)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Tribe: Cercopithecini
Genus: Cercopithecus
Linnaeus, 10th edition of Systema Naturae, 1758
Type species
Simia diana
Linnaeus, 10th edition of Systema Naturae, 1758

All members of the genus are live in sub-Saharan Africa, and most are forest monkeys. Many of the species have small ranges, and some have local subspecies. Many are threatened or endangered because of habitat loss.

The species now put in the genus Chlorocebus, such as vervet monkeys and green monkeys, used to be species in this genus, Cercopithecus aethiops.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Groves, C. P. (2005). "GENUS Cercopithecus". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 154–158. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. guenon. The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Clarendon Press, Oxford, Vol. 1 A-M, 1993 edition, see page 1,157.