Kinda baboon

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Kinda baboon[1]
Female kinda baboon.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Papio
Species: P. cynocephalus
Subspecies: P. c. kindae
Trinomial name
Papio cynocephalus kindae
Lönnberg, 1919

The Kinda baboon (Papio cynocephalus subsp. kindae) is a subspecies of baboon present in the miombo woodlands of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and possibly western Tanzania. While the Kinda baboon is often considered to be a subspecies of the yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus), it is distinct enough to merit status as full species (P. kindae) under the phylogenetic species concept.

P. cynocephalus kindae in Kafue National Park, Zambia

Like the yellow baboon, the Kinda baboon is golden in color with a light build and lanky appearance. Unlike the yellow baboon and all other baboons, however, it is unusually small; adult males are about the size of adult females of other baboon species.[3] The Kinda baboon is also characterized by its short face (relating to its small size), pink circles around its eyes, and its infants are frequently born with white instead of black hair.[4]

White infant with mother in Kafue National Park, Zambia

Baboons in between the size of the Kinda baboon and the yellow baboon are present in northeastern Zambia, and possibly in northern Malawi and southwestern Tanzania as well.[5][6] Such a broad area of intergradation has been taken as evidence of substantial genetic exchange between the two taxa.

The Kinda baboon appears to live in large (perhaps over 100 members) multi-male and multi-female groups, similar to olive and yellow baboons.[4] Little else is known about its behavior.

The Kinda is named after the town in southern DRC where it is usually found.


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  2. ^ Kingdon, J. (2008). "Papio cynocephalus ssp. kindae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Jolly, C.J. (1993). "Species, subspecies, and baboon systematics". In W.H. Kimbel; L.B. Martin. Species, Species Concepts, and Primate Evolution. New York. 
  4. ^ a b Rogers J, Burrell AS, Cotterill FP, Jolly CJ (2004). "A preliminary report on the 'kinda' baboons of Zambia". Folia Primatologica. 75 (S1): 61. 
  5. ^ Freedman L (1963). "A biometric study of Papio cynocephalus skulls from northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland". Journal of Mammalogy. Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 44, No. 1. 44 (1): 24–43. doi:10.2307/1377165. JSTOR 1377165. 
  6. ^ Ansell WF, Dowsett RJ (1988). Mammals of Malawi. St. Ives: The Trendrine Press.