Unique Faces of Guenon Monkeys Help them Prevent Interbreeding

June 27, 2014 10:56 AM

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Unique Faces of Guenon Monkeys Help them Prevent Interbreeding

A study of more than 20 guenon monkey species has revealed that these social animals depend on their distinctive patterns to avoid interbreeding. It is a known fact that animals use coloration and patterning for a plethora of reasons, but in case of guenons, it serves the purpose recognizing different species, said study lead author William Allen, of the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.

Fruits, insects and leaves are the major sources of food for guenon monkeys that live in the forests of Central and West Africa. These are also called cheek pouch monkeys and their size is similar to the size of cats and dogs. They are known to forage in large groups of two or more different species...

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