cercopithecine

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cercopithecine

(sŭr″kō-pĭth′ĭ-sēn″, -sīn″) [NL fm. Gr. kerkos, tail + pithekos, ape]
A member of the Cercopithecinae, a subfamily of Old World monkeys that includes baboons, macaques, and other monkeys that spend their time partly on the ground and partly in trees. The males of each species are much larger and more aggressive than the females. All members of this subfamily have expandable cheek pouches for temporary storage of food, and bald, calloused skin overlying their ischial bones.
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Two distinct families of cercopithecoids are usually distinguished: crown cercopithecoids are classified into a single family, Cercopithecidae, with two distinct subfamilies (Colobinae and Cercopithecinae), distinguished at the family level by some authors (e.g., Jablonski, 2002); whereas stem cercopithecoids are classified into another, extinct family (the Victoriapithecidae).
The Old World monkeys belonged to the family Cercopithecinae, whereas the PARV4-positive Colobus and Piliocolobus species described herein belong to the Colobinae branch of family Ceropithecidae.