White-eyelid mangabey

White-eyelid mangabey
White-eyelid mangabeys
Sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Cercocebus
É. Geoffroy, 1812
Type species
Cercocebus fuliginosus
É. Geoffroy, 1812
(= Simia (Cercopithecus) aethiops torquatus, Kerr, 1792)

Cercocebus atys
Cercocebus torquatus
Cercocebus agilis
Cercocebus chrysogaster
Cercocebus galeritus
Cercocebus sanjei

The white-eyelid mangabeys are African Old World monkeys, belonging to the genus Cercocebus. They are characterized by their bare upper eyelids which are lighter than their facial skin colouring, and the uniformly coloured hairs of the fur. The other two genera of mangabeys, Lophocebus and Rungwecebus, were once thought to be very closely related to Cercocebus, so much so that all the species were placed in one genus. However, it is now understood that Lophocebus and Rungwecebus species are more closely related to the baboons in genus Papio, while the Cercocebus species are more closely related to the mandrill.



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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.