Erythrocebus is a genus of Old World monkey. Both species in this genus are found in Africa, and are known as patas monkeys.[1][2] While conventionally considered a monotypic genus, a recent review has argued that, for political reasons, the taxon should be split back into distinct species as recognised in the 19th century. The northeast Sudanese population would be moved to E. poliophaeus (described from western Sudan), the author proposing in addition that the subspecies E. p. pyrrhonotus be elevated to full specific status, along with the formerly recognised subspecies E. p. baumstarki for the population in Tanzania, and possibly the old synonym formosa for southwest Ethiopia.[3][4]

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E. patas
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Tribe: Cercopithecini
Genus: Erythrocebus
Trouessart, 1897
Type species
Erythrocebus patas
Schreber, 1775


  1. ^ "Primate Factsheets: Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) Taxonomy, Morphology, & Ecology". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ de Jong, Y.A.; Rylands, A.B.; Butynski, T.M. (2020). "Erythrocebus patas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T174391079A17940998. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T174391079A17940998.en. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Primatologist Finds Second Species of Mustache-Rocking Patas Monkey in Ethiopia". Global Wildlife Conservation. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ Gippoliti, Spartaco (2017). "On the Taxonomy of Erythrocebus with a Re-evaluation of Erythrocebus poliophaeus (Reichenbach, 1862) from the Blue Nile Region of Sudan and Ethiopia" (PDF). Primate Conservation. 31: 53–59. ISSN 2162-4232. Retrieved 17 January 2018.