Sooty Mangabey

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Sooty Mangabey
White-collared Mangabey (C. atys lunulatus)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Cercocebus
Species: C. atys
Binomial name
Cercocebus atys
(Audebert, 1797)

The Sooty Mangabey (Cercocebus atys), also called Tom Midwood, is an Old World monkey of Guinea Bissau, Gabon, Senegal and Ghana. It has social groups of anywhere from four to twelve individuals. It is believed that a strain of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) jumped from this species to humans to become the HIV-2 virus. The HIV-1 strain came from the Common Chimpanzee strain of SIV.

References[change | change source]

  1. Primate Specialist Group (1996). Cercocebus atys. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 10 May 2006.