Impurest's Guide to Animals #28 - Patas Monkey

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Well it’s Issue 28 and we've finally got to the requests once again. Last week the Red Legged Seriema AKA Nemesis Bird to Laflux stalked into the spotlight. This week we have a request from said @laflux as we head to the African Savannah for the first time in Impurest’s Guide to Animals

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Issue #28 - Patas Monkey

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Mammalia

Order – Primates

Family – Cercopithecidae

Genus – Erythocebus

Species – patas

Related Species - The Patas Monkey is the only member of the genus Erythocebus although recent genetic studies suggest it might be closely related to the Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) (1)

Range

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The Military Monkey

Patas Monkeys are red furred large ground dwelling monkeys that live in large single sex groups (except during the breeding season) of up to sixty individuals. Throughout their range the Patas Monkey’s inhabits open territory such as mountain steppe and wooded savannah, and as such have evolved for a life on the ground. This is evident when the species runs, with males reaching a top recorded speed of 35mph, making them the fastest running primate species in the world.

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Despite their size Patas Monkey’s feed primarily on seeds, tubers, fruit and tree gum although they will eat insects and small vertebrates as well (2). Due to group structure, adult males often spot danger first and act as decoys to confuse predators while the females and infants escape. Natural enemies include Leopards (Panthera paradus), both the Crowned (Stephanoaetus coronatus) and Martial Eagles (Polemaetus bellicosus) and Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) although all three groups have more preferred, easier to catch prey species. Against smaller predators the Males band together and will chase or even kill the attacker if it is unable to escape them.

During the breeding season Female Patas Monkey tribes invite males temporarily into the group. Once breeding is complete the males reform their bachelor groups on the edge of the larger female tribe but have little contact with their mates after that. The facial markings of the female Patas Monkey changes when she is pregnant, loosing the dark marks and becoming much paler. Young males leave the maternal group at the age of four, although unlike other primates this isn't associated with an increase of aggressive behaviour (3).

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Five Fun Patas Monkey Facts

The word Patas means Animal Leg in Spannish, with the name referring to the long legs of this particular species of monkey

Patas Monkeys are known as Military Monkeys due to their similar appearance to Colonial British Redcoat Soldiers

Patas Monkeys have a range of different alarm calls to warn members of their tribe of different predators

When excited the Patas Monkey jumps up and down earning it the nickname ‘the Jumping Monkey’

Patas Monkey’s will never sleep in the same place twice, the females are nomadic with the matriarch leading her tribe of females and infants around and a screen of defensive males following them as protection

Bibliography

1 - www.arkive.org

2 - Isbell, L.A. (1998). "Diet for a small primate: insectivory and gummivory in the (large) patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas)". American Journal of Primatology45 (4): 381–98

3 - Hall, K. R. L. (July 8, 1965). "Behaviour and ecology of the wild Patas monkey, Erythrocebus patas, in Uganda". Journal of Zoology (The Zoological Society of London) 148 (1):

Picture References

1 - https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5238/5831967496_fa81db8c60_z.jpg

2 - http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/fs/sheets/maps/erythrocebus_patas_range_large.gif

3 - http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/4B/4BB75A3B-6C05-4EE8-A76F-1F4485785BC3/Presentation.Large/Patas-monkey-feeding-on-acacia-seeds.jpg

4 - http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/fs/sheets/images/390med.jpg

Thanks for reading guys; I hope you enjoyed the exploration into the perplexing Patas Monkey. Next week we have a request from @scorpion2501 with those of @darthaznable and @dboyrules2011 in the following fortnight. As usual drop off some comments and check out past issues in Impurest’s Bestiary.

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These monkeys around Nigeria?

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There's at least two DC jokes in that.

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They... Look like red coats? :P

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@wildvine: DC Jokes? Where? I didn't realise that I'm funny' :-)

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#9  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@scorpion2501: Why the questioning? There is a similarity apparently with the British, could be the mustache...

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Wow, I've never seen these animal threads before! And if there's one thing I love more than comics it's animals! Great job. I look forward to the next one!

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@joshuadbr: Thanks for the comment. I'll cc you into the next issue and by all means visit the library (bestiary) and check out the past issues

@scorpion2501 You think of me as Queen of England, thank you

@wildvine: Never LOL

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They're adorable! Good job. :)

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@dboyrules2011: Kind of. More of a herptile girl myself. Also found you a cool bee for the request you made

@laflux: Yep you can pick them

@wolverine08: Not here please

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@impurestcheese: Herptile? I love them as well. :) Thanks! You're cool too. ^_^

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Oh my god, aren't they just the cutest? Especially the one on the card- it's so floofy!

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@squares: Yep unlike next weeks animal, although that's because it doesn't have fur

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@squares: Yes indeed although I can say it's part 1 on an invertebrate four piece feature

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Wow, I've never seen these animal threads before! And if there's one thing I love more than comics it's animals! Great job. I look forward to the next one!

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Awwww

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@wildvine: How? I couldn't figure out the DC jokes you said are in there.

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When excited the Patas Monkey jumps up and down earning it the nickname ‘the Jumping Monkey’

Well now, I appear to have something in common with this dashing fellow, haha.

The males come off very stoic and swoon worthy, and not just because of their handsome features. Very heroic!

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I learned so much today.

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Ooh, neat-o!

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@noone301994: Thanks that was my intention

@ms_lola: Nope, not saying a word, too easy to be a troll at 5AM really

@bruxae: Thanks, told you it was coming soon

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I don't have much to contribute here, so I'll say...that looks kind of like something out of Kung fu Panda.

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#43  Edited By laflux

@impurestcheese: Oh and the Vervet monkey thing is funny, because looking at its Blue Scrotum reminded me of a Vervet monkey actually :)

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@scattered316: Good enough, thanks for the comment

@lafux: Cool, Laflux knows about monkey scrotums