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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Cercopithecidae
Genus:Ceropithecus
Genus species:Cercopithecus aethiops

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:40-80 cm
Weight:Males 4-8 kg, females 3-5.5 kg
Identification:Vervet monkeys have black faces, white whiskers, and a gray to yellow coat. Males have a blue-green hue.
Habitat:Savannas, edges of woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: leaves, shoots, fruit, flowers, seeds, bark, insects, spiders, lizards, eggs, birds
Reproduction:Vervet monkeys mate throughout the year. The female gestates for 174-203 days and then gives birth to a single infant. The baby clings to its mother for its first 3-4 weeks, but then slowly begins to explore. Weaning occurs when the infant is six months old.
Troops are comprised of an old male, several females, and young of various ages.
Behavior:Although they are primarily arboreal, vervet monkeys will occasionally travel on the ground.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The vervet monkey is the most widely distributed monkey in Africa; it is only absent from desert, high forests, and open grasslands.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1974-12 Subjects:monkey
primate
Vervet monkey
Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus
Cercopithecidae
Monkeys
Primates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata