Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cercopithecus Linnaeus, 1758

Catarrhine genus of the guenons consisting of about 20 species (although this number is in flux) and numerous subspecies; some subspecies sympatric. Distributed throughout Africa in forested environments. Mostly large monkeys, ranging in body mass from 1.8 to 12 kg. Noted for their diversity in pelage color and markings. Sexually dimorphic in body size and canine teeth. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3; primarily frugivorous. Sympatric species often found in association. One-male unit is a common social group. species.

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