Western red colobus

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Western red colobus[1]
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Procolobus
Subgenus: Piliocolobus
Species: P. badius
Binomial name
Procolobus badius
(Kerr, 1792)
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Western Red Colobus range
(green — extant, orange — possibly extinct)

The western red colobus (Procolobus badius) is a species of Old World monkey found in West African forests from Senegal to Ghana.[1] All other species of red colobuses have formerly been considered subspecies of P. badius. It is often hunted by the common chimpanzee. In 1994, western red colobus monkeys infected many chimpanzees with Ebola virus when they were hunted/eaten by the same chimpanzees.[3]


This red colobus has three subspecies, including the nominate:[1]

  • Bay red colobus, Procolobus badius badius
  • Temminck's red colobus, Procolobus badius temminckii
  • Miss Waldron's red colobus, Procolobus badius waldronae

P. b. waldronae is critically endangered, possibly even extinct. The other two subspecies are endangered.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 169. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Oates, J. F., Struhsaker, T., McGraw, S., Galat-Luong, A., Galat, G. & Ting, T. (2008). Procolobus badius. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  3. ^ Ebola Cote d'Ivoire Outbreaks

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