Cercopithecus pygerythrus (Vervet monkey)

blouaap, blou-aap [Afrikaans]; Sudafrika Grünmeerkatze [German]; vervet [French]; tumbili, ngedere [Swahili]; inkawu, ikgabu ehlaza [isiNdebele]; inkawu [isiXhosa] [isiZulu]; kgabo [Sepedi]; kgabo, khabo [Sesotho]; kgabo, kgatla [Setswana]; tsoko, shoko [Shona]; ngobiyane, ingobiyane, inkawu [siSwati]; hacha, hacha, nkawu, ritoho, ritohwe [Xitsonga]; thoho, thobo [Tshivenda]; njoko [Lozi]; unshoko [Yei]

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Cercopithecus pygerythrus (Vervet monkey) Cercopithecus pygerythrus (Vervet monkey)
Cercopithecus pygerythrus (Vervet monkey)

Left: Vervet monkey. [photo Callie de Wet ©] Top right: Vervet monkey feeding on fruit. [photo Duncan Robertson ©] Bottom right: Vervet monkey baby. [photo Callie de Wet ©]

Ecological interactions

Nephila and orb web spiders. Quote from South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) Newsletter 11 & 12 (2010)(editors A. Dippenaar-Schoeman and C. Haddad). "Elsa van Niekerk, the graphic artist at ARC-PPRI, is involved in the rehabilitation of wild animals and she has observed some very interesting behaviour of her vervet monkeys. They love feeding on large golden orb-web spiders. The spiders are grabbed out of the web (sometimes two monkeys join forces to pull it off successfully) and the spider is immediately put in their mouths with the legs sticking out. The older individuals train the younger ones how to do it. She has now also seen how they steal insects out of the orb-webs. If this is a general behaviour they might have an effect on golden orb-web spider numbers in areas."


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