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The Patas Monkey
) is a ground-dwelling monkey
distributed over West Africa, and into East Africa. It is the only species classified in the genus Erythrocebus. Patas monkey
s avoid dense woodlands and live in more open savanna and semi-deserts. The Patas Monkey
grows to 85 cm in length, excluding the tail, which measures 75 cm. Reaching speeds of 50 km/h, it is the fastest runner among the primates
lives in groups of about twelve individuals. There is a loose matrilineal dominance rank. The group contains just one adult male. Once juvenile males reach sexual maturity (around the age of 4 years old) they leave the group, sometimes forming all male groups. The monkey
s feed on insects, seeds, and tubers.
There are two subspecies: the western Erythrocebus patas
patas (Common Patas) and the eastern Erythrocebus patas
pyrrhonotus (Nisnas). The Nisnas has a white nose, while the nose of the Common Patas Monkey
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