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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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As in African cercopithecines
(Papio, Cercopi- thecus) (Detwiler et al.
Cercopithecines in multimale groups: genetic diversity and population structure, pp.
A comparative study of aggression and conciliation in three cercopithecine monkeys (Macaca fuscata, Macaca nigra, Papiopapio).
Thus, both colobines and cercopithecines
possess specific dietary adaptations for more efficient folivory and/or consumption of unripe fruits compared to hominoids (Andrews, 1981), thereby enabling the former to more easily thrive when the ripe fruits habitually consumed by most hominoids are scarce.