White-Nosed Monkey Skull Replica


The Greater Spot-nosed Monkey or Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans) is one of the smallest Old World monkeys. It is a guenon of the C. mitis group, native to West Africa and living to some extent in rain forests.


White-Nosed Monkey Skull Replica measures 4.0 in. White-Nosed Monkey Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Species Cercopithecus nictitans.

The White-Nosed Monkey or Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans) is one of the smallest Old World monkeys. It is a guenon of the C. mitis group, native to West Africa and living to some extent in rain forests, but more often in the transition zone between rain forest and savannah.

It is primarily arboreal and often associates with monkeys of other species. Both their common names come from the monkeys’ prominent white nose.

The White-Nosed Monkey has several names, such as the Greater White-nosed Guenon, Putty-nosed Monkey, Greater White-nosed Monkey and the Greater Spot-Nosed Monkey that lives in groups consisting of one adult male, a number of adult females, and their dependent offspring.

Putty-nosed Monkeys (Cercopithecus nictitans) occupy a wide range of dense forest habitats in western and central Africa, including moist tropical lowland forests, montane forests, swamp and mangrove forests, and dense gallery forests. They range from Guinea in the west to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the east.

Populations are found in Guinea, Liberian Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Putty-nosed Monkeys typically reside in the main canopy layer and rarely descend to the ground.

Sexual dimorphism is evident in the White-Nosed Monkey, with males being larger than females. On average, individuals weigh 9.25–14.5 lb. and measure 16.9–25 inches long, with males weighing closer to the top end of each range. Tail lengths are almost as long as their body, ranging from 14 to 20 inches.

The distinctive white spot covering their nose gives the White-Nosed Monkey a unique appearance. Their hair is olive gray or black to greenish yellow. Their underparts are white or grayish-white. Their faces are bare except for a few black hairs on their upper lip, which can also be yellow. The hair on their cheeks is yellow tipped with black. Their eyes are often reddish-brown, surrounded by yellow or orange skin. Occasionally a dark brown or blackish ring is noticeable around the exterior of the iris.

The hair at the top of their head is black and they have a mane that extends from the neck to chest, and from the base of one ear to the other. The limbs are yellow tinged with brown and red. Their hands and feet are similarly colored. The inside of their limbs and chest are light gray or white.

Variations of color among individual’s body hair can be from overall olive to a true green tint to a dark brown. Their non-prehensile tail is grayish brown or black on the exterior and yellowish underneath, with a blackish tip.

White-Nosed Monkeys are primarily frugivorous (fruit-eating), but seeds are also a large part of their diet. They also consume insects, leaves, nuts, flowers, and occasionally agricultural crops.

Like most Old World monkeys, they have cheek-pouches that can hold almost as much food as their stomachs can. The cheek-pouch is composed primarily of a well-developed cheek muscle (masseter) that exhibits high tensile (easily stretched) ability. They stuff their cheek-pouches with food to snack on later.

Putty-nosed monkeys are diurnal and arboreal primates, spending most of the day high in the trees. They are a social species living in groups of 12–30 individuals. They prefer to travel through the middle tree canopy and exhibit a range of acrobatic movements, such as leaping and darting.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 3.5 in