Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Miopithecus I. Geoffroy, 1862

Monotypic genus to which the talapoin monkey belongs. Distribution in forests of western equatorial Africa. Smallest catarrhine: body mass ranges from 750 to 1400 g. Arboreal; diurnal; quadrupedal; reported to be good swimmers. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3; frugivorous; possess cheek pouches. Live in large troops of up to 150 individuals; although the troops are mixed-sex, the males and females segregate into subgroups until breeding season.

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