Diana Monkey

Diana Monkey


Cercopithecus diana ssp. diana


The rare Diana Monkey is believed to be in decline throughout much of its range.


IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable [1]
(updated on 03.02.11)

CITES: Appendix I [2]
(updated on 03.02.11)

Liberian Status: None [3]

Geographical Range: The subspecies Cercopithecus diana diana is found in the Upper Guinean Forests. Its range is thought to extend from the south-east coast of Guinea throughout Liberia to the western area of the Ivory Coast [5].

Description: The Diana Monkey has a black to dark grey coat with a white throat, browband and underarms and a white stripe on the back of its legs.

Habitat and Ecology: Diana Monkeys are often seen in large groups [4]. The species occupies forest canopy [5] and rarely spends time on the ground. The species mainly feeds on fruit and insects, in addition to flowers and young leaves.

Threats: This rare species is believed to be in decline throughout much of its range [5]. The mains threats to the species include hunting and loss of forest habitat.

References:

[1] IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 February 2011.

[2] UNEP-WCMC. 3 February, 2011. UNEP-WCMC Species Database: CITES-Listed Species.

[3] The Government of Liberia’s Forest Development Authority. [online] Available at: <http://www.fda.gov.lr> [Accessed 01.02.11] [4] Barrie, A., Zwuen, S., Kota Sr., A.N., Luo, M. and Luke R., 2007. Rapid survey of large mammals of North Lorma, Gola and Grebo National Forest, Liberia:59-64. Conservation International.

[5] Oates, J.F., Gippoliti, S. & Groves, C.P. 2008. Cercopithecus diana. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 06 February 2011.

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