meet our primates
Binomial: Mandrillus leucophaeus poensis
Baboon-like with a prominent muzzle, a black face, and a very short tail. Mostly gray-brown coat, with lighter ventral surfaces and more yellow-brown on the crown. Hair in the midline of the belly is long and white, seen as a prominent hanging fringe in males. Males are distinguished by their rump and genitalia, which are bright blue, mauve, pink, and red, and scarlet inner thighs. Female coloration is drab. Males also possess large canine teeth and long hair on the neck and shoulders, forming a “mane."
Binomial: Colobus satanas satanas
Common: Black Colobus
Entirely black. Coat is long, especially on the shoulders and forehead. Has small head, relatively long legs, and large belly.
Binomial: Cercopithecus erythrotis erythrotis
Common: Red-eared Guenon
Rusty red colored fringe of hair on the outer margin of the ears. Tail is similar red color on ventral side, but more brown underneath with a black tip. The crown of the head, back, and outer legs are gray, with orange-brown speckles. Lower arms are dark gray, and belly is a lighter gray. The bridge of the nose has a diamond-shaped patch of red hair, the upper cheeks have tufts of white and yellow hair, and the lower cheeks have tufts of black hair.
Binomial: Cercopithecus nictitans martini
Common: Putty-nosed Guenon
Most characteristic feature is bulbous, white nose. Crown of head, shoulders, back, and outer legs are dark gray, speckled with olive-yellow. The fore-chest is light gray. The outer arms, distal part of tail, and hands and feet are black.
Binomial: Procolobus pennantii pennantii
Common: Pennant's Red Colobus
Primarily dark charcoal gray-brown on crown of head extending over back to upper thighs. Rich orange-rust red on flanks and outer surface of limbs. Creamy white throat, underside, and inner limbs. Tail is a dark reddish brown. Face, hands and feet extending to above the ankles are black.
Binomial: Cercopithecus pogonias pogonias
Common: Golden-bellied Crowned Guenon
Distinguished by a crest of black hair on the crown of its head and bright gold
hair on the chest, belly, and inner limbs. Outer surfaces of limbs are fawn or gray. A dorsal band of dark hair extends from the shoulders to the root of the tail, widening at the posterior. Tail is dark on the dorsal side and golden-brown on the ventral side.
Binomial: Allochrocebus preussi insularis
Common: Preuss's Monkey
The crown, shoulders, flanks, thighs, and mid-tail are dark gray with silvery speckles. The throat is silvery white and the arms, hands, feet, and tip of the tail are black. The middle back is red-brown, and the face and underside are gray.
The hunting of wildlife for human consumption, known as bushmeat in Africa, is a luxury market on Bioko Island. Bushmeat consumed as a delicacy can range from tiny blue duikers to endangered monkeys and massive marine turtles. Because bushmeat is relatively scarce, and growing scarcer, it is priced well above other protein sources such as fish, beef or chicken. With increasing globalization and accessibility, the market for bushmeat grows, enticing more local people to hunt wildlife for profit.
Since 1997, BBPP has conducted a survey of animals for sale at the Malabo bushmeat market daily. Historically rising numbers of carcasses in the market have begun to drop since late 2010, indicating instability of the Bioko Island economy and possibly success at recent conservation efforts. Research done with the BBPP focuses on understanding the drivers and significant time periods of interventions in the Malabo market series.
There have been attempts to limit bushmeat sales, such as the 2007 ban on primate hunting and trade. The ban was not enforced, and was followed by an increase in bushmeat hunting. Our ongoing bushmeat study results emphasize the negative impact that rapid development and unenforced legislation have had on Bioko’s wildlife, and demonstrate the need for governmental support to implement conservation strategies meant to prevent extinctions of tropical wildlife.
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Bioko microbiome project
Primates and their microbiomes share a long evolutionary history. Throughout primate evolution, gut microbiota have been important in defining critical metabolic pathways that have given rise to unique dietary adaptations because they facilitate host digestion, metabolism, production of vitamins, and immune response. Increasingly, studies have revealed that the bacterial communities in primate gastrointestinal tract are affected by a variety of factors (e.g., diet and habitat disturbance), but the external factors that influence composition of wild primate microbiomes and the abundance of specific microbial species remain controversial (Amato et al.2013; Gomez et al. 2015). In addition, Bioko Island has diverse flora, fauna, and climatic conditions across the elevational gradient that could affect the gut flora of these species, thereby potentially offering a rich system to examine the factors that influence the diversity of the gut microbiome of non-human primate communities (McCord et al.2014). The goal of this study is to describe the gut microbial diversity of all non-human primates on Bioko Island, determine what factors are influencing the gut composition, and what roles they play on niche competition between these closely related primates.
For more information please contact Bryan Featherstone, Ph.D. Student (email@example.com).