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Lesser Spot-nosed Guenon

Cercopithecus petaurista

Meet Our Troop!

Three lesser spot-nosed guenons call the Central Florida Zoo home.

About the Species

Guenons have several ways in which they communicate with each other.

Guenons use a variety of methods to communicate with each other. The spot-nosed guenon alarm call sounds like a cat purring. The male of the group will use the purring sound to distract the predator while the rest of the troop uses the distraction to seek safety elsewhere. Body language is also important to guenons. They open their mouths showing their teeth, close their eyelids, as well as move their head or tail to get their message across to others. Guenons are known for their facial adornments such as mustaches, beards, and throat ruff. The lesser spot-nosed guenon is brown/gray with a white beard, and a white mark on their nose.

Words From the Experts


You wouldn't be able to tell at first glance under all that fur, but spot-nosed guenons have blue skin.



Did You Know?

Lesser spot-nosed guenons have cheek pouches which are used to carry food while foraging.


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Central and Western Africa

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Tropical forests and woodlands

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4.2–6.6 kg

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Leaves, fruits, some insects

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Bird of prey, leopard, chimpanzee

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Natural Defenses

Varying alarm calls depending on location and type of predator

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Give birth to a single young

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Least concern

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Life Expectancy

16 years on avg.

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