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Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti

Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 4:26
Viewed: 5054
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-tailed Monkey, Black-cheeked White-nosed Monkey, Red-tailed Guenon, Redtail Monkey, or Schmidt's Guenon (Cercopithecus ascanius) is a species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and possibly Burundi.

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This relatively small primate exhibits some sexual dimorphism in weight and body length. Males have an average mass of 4.1 kg and a length of approximately 46 cm. Redtail monkey females, in contrast, average 2.9 kg in mass and about 38 cm in length (Torstar Books 1984; Smuts et al. 1987).
Other than size differences, males and females of this species are very similar. The recognizable markings of adult redtail monkeys include a black face, bluish skin around the eyes, a white spot on the nose, and white cheek fur. The name 'redtail' comes from the chestnut-colored fur on the underside of the tail. The rest of the body is covered with a speckled brown coat and gray or black limbs, depending on the subspecies (Torstar Books 1984).
Redtail monkey infants have woolly gray fur at birth. Although they are born with a visible nose spot, young redtail monkeys have a brown tail and no cheek whiskers. As they mature, their markings begins to resemble those of adults (Kingdon, 1984). (Kingdon, 1984; Smuts et al., 1987; Torstar Books, 1984)
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IUCN Red List

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This photo is taken in Kibale National Park, Kabarole district in the Toro kingdom, Uganda. Cropped format.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-07 7:57]

Hi Ferran,

This is a new monkey for me and I think he's wonderful. He seems to be hiding in the bushes but that long red tail is a giveaway. I love the way it is draped over the leaves. The hand to his mouth and those piercing eyes are fantastic. Beautiful natural colors and excellent details of the monkey's face, hand, and fur. The setting and composition are superb.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-07 12:15]

Hola Ferran,
The thumbnail does not do this shot justice! However on opening the image it turns out to be a very fine capture of Red-tailed Monkey in its natural habitat that allows most of the monkey to be seen with fine sharpness among the vegetation.
The POV and composition are excellent too.
This image deserves more attention!

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