Cercopithecus lowei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Cercopithecidae

Scientific Name: Cercopithecus lowei Thomas, 1923
Common Name(s):
English Lowe’s Monkey
French Cercopithèque de Lowe
Spanish Cercopiteco de Lowe
Cercopithecus campbelli ssp. lowei Thomas, 1923
Taxonomic Source(s): Mittermeier, R.A., Rylands, A.B. and Wilson D.E. 2013. Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Volume 3 Primates. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Taxonomic Notes: Kingdon (1997) included this taxon within his Cercopithecus mona superspecies group, Groves (2001) followed the same arrangement, whereas Grubb et al. (2003) considered it a subspecies of C. campbelli. The latter treatment was followed for the 2008 Red List assessment.  Groves (2005) classified C. lowei as a distinct species and that approach is now followed here (Mittermeier et al. 2013).

This is an updated assessment to reflect the promotion of the subspecies to species-level and the inclusion of information previously contained within the former species-level assessment.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2008-07-01
Assessor(s): Oates, J.F., Gippoliti, S. & Groves, C.P.
Reviewer(s): Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its widespread distribution and ability to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. It is hunted, but is not thought to be declining at a rate that would warrant listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges patchily between the Cavally River (Côte d'Ivoire) in the west to the Volta River (Ghana) in the east.
Countries occurrence:
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is widespread and common in some areas.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in a wide variety of tropical forests including lowland forest, gallery forest, mangroves, and woody savanna. It also occurs in secondary forest and subsistence agriculture and farmbush.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has been impacted by habitat loss through deforestation, and bushmeat. However, it often thrives in disturbed habitats, and remains common in many parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of CITES and on Class B of the African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. This species is known to occur in protected areas within its geographic range.

Citation: Oates, J.F., Gippoliti, S. & Groves, C.P. 2016. Cercopithecus lowei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136931A92367125. . Downloaded on 20 October 2017.
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