Barbados Green Monkey
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|The Barbados monkey is the descendant of the West African Green Monkey - genus Chlorocebus.|
The green monkeys found in Barbados originally came from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa approximately 350 years ago. About 75 generations have occurred since these monkeys arrived in Barbados and, as a result of environmental differences and evolution, the Barbados monkeys today have different characteristics than those in West Africa.
Chlorocebus is a genus of medium-sized primates from the family of Old World monkeys. There are six species currently recognized, although some classify them all as a single species with numerous subspecies. Either way, they make up the entirety of the genus Chlorocebus.
Confusingly, the terms vervet monkey and green monkey are sometimes used to refer to the whole genus Chlorocebus, even though they also refer more precisely to species Chlorocebus pygerythrus and Chlorocebus sabaeus respectively, neither of which is the type species for Chlorocebus. This article uses the term Chlorocebus consistently for the genus and the common names only for the species.
The native range of these monkeys is sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and Ethiopia down to South Africa. However, in previous centuries, a number of them were taken as pets by slavers, and were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean islands, along with the enslaved Africans. The monkeys subsequently escaped or were released and became naturalized. The descendents of those populations are found on the West Indian islands of Barbados, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, and Saint Maarten.
I have been to Barbados many times and have seen the monkeys scampering high in the trees. This time I was lucky to find a small group feeding in some bushes and so saw them and photographed them close up.
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Good shot of this gorgeous Barbados Green Monkey indeed friend John! Interesting pose, fine detail moderate sharpness and composition!
Excellente POV of this species, interesting document!
TFS & regards Ferran
- [2010-11-28 1:32]
Hi John,isn't easy to take a nice pic like that,i rememer my difficulty in a same situation whit the red colubus monkeys of Zanzibar.Very good sharpness,colors and composition,excellent work.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano