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THE VERVET MONKEY

Updated: 9 May 2014
(Published: 28 November 2013)


 

 

www.leopard.tvThere are five subspecies of the vervet monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus which occur in southern and eastern Africa. The vervet monkey was originally named Simia aethiops by Linnaeus in 1758 but the specific name aethiops is now only valid for the grivet monkey Chlorocebus aethiops of the Sudan. The vervet monkey has also been placed in the genus Chlorocebus that was created by Gray in 1870 because Simia is an old generic name for several other types of unrelated primate. The vervet monkey was actually first described by F Cuvier in 1821 based on a specimen that only had a location of Africa. Vervet monkeys occur from east of the Rift Valley in Ethiopia to Zambia, east of the Luangwa River, and then south to South Africa. Vervet monkeys were known in ancient Egypt and from the Mediterranean Sea and mummified vervet monkeys are known from funeral tombs. The common name vervet monkey refers to the French name vervet for this species... (Become a subscriber for more)



References:

Groves, C P 2005. Order Primates. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (Eds), Mammal species of the world; a taxonomic and geographic reference, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 158 - 159.

Skinner J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 224 - 227.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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