blue monkey

noun

Definition of blue monkey

:a guenon monkey (Cercopithecus mitus) chiefly inhabiting forests of central and eastern Africa and having thick, typically grayish-blue to black fur with white on the throat and belly
  • In my fieldwork on blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis), my colleagues and I have witnessed fierce encounters of that kind every month or so, while less dramatic confrontations, such as a couple of animals growling at their neighbors, occur every day or two.
  • —Marina CordsNatural HistorySeptember 2008
  • The blue monkey can be distinguished from other South African monkeys by its more arboreal behaviour and retiring nature, and its cryptic but rather beautiful coat—dark grey-blue with flecks of orange-brown on the back, and a white belly.
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa2011

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1831


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