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Gabon talapoin

Gabon talapoin[1]
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Gabon talapoin in Prague Zoo, Czech Republic
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Miopithecus
M. ogouensis
Binomial name
Miopithecus ogouensis
Kingdon, 1997
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Gabon talapoin range

The Gabon talapoin (Miopithecus ogouensis), also known as the northern talapoin,[3] is a small species of African monkey in the family Cercopithecidae. It is found in riparian habitats in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and western Republic of the Congo and far western Democratic Republic of Congo.[4] It may have been introduced to Fernando Poo and the Canary Islands.[5] Unlike the related Angolan talapoin, the Gabon talapoin has flesh-coloured (not blackish) ears and facial skin.[3]


While better known than the Angolan talapoin,[3] and recognized as distinct as far back as 1969,[6] the Gabon talapoin remained unnamed until 1997. Kingdon pointed out that the presently used binomial, where the specific name is a reference to the Ogoue River, is a nomen nudum:

A nomen nudum, 'Miopithecus ogouensis' is used here [in Kingdon's book] in anticipation of a formal description.[3]

However, it can be argued that his description is valid per ICZN rules,[7] as he included an illustration (thereby possibly providing a valid type), a description, and specifically said the name was intended for this new species,[3] leading later authorities to accept it.[1]


  1. ^ a b Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 165–166. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Oates, J. F. & Groves, C. P. (2008). "Miopithecus oguensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e Kingdon, J. (1997). The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals. Academic Press Limited, London. pp. 55–56. ISBN 0-12-408355-2.
  4. ^ Maisels, F.; Ambahe, R.; Ambassa, E. & Fotso, R. (2006). "New Northwestern Range Limit of the Northern Talapoin, Mbam et Djerem National Park, Cameroon" (PDF). Primate Conservation. 21 (1): 89–91. doi:10.1896/0898-6207.21.1.89. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2008-05-13.
  5. ^ Long, J. L. (2003). Introduced Mammals of the World: Their History, Distribution and Influence. sample Csiro Publishing, Collingwood, Australia. ISBN 9780643099166
  6. ^ Barros Machado; A. de. (1969). "Mamíferos de Angola ainda não citados ou pouco conhecidos". Publicações culturais da Companhia de Diamantes de Angola. 46: 93–232.
  7. ^ International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (1999). Ride, W. D. L.; Cogger, H.G.; Dupuis, C.; Kraus, O.; Minelli, A.; Thompson, F. C.; Tubbs, P. K. (eds.). International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th ed.). The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature. ISBN 0-85301-006-4.