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Gabon Talapoin
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Information
Common Name Northern Talapoin
Range Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Central African Republic, western Republic of the Congo and far northern Angola (Cabinda).
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Cercopithecidae
Genus Miopithecus
Species Miopithecus ogouensis
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Gabon talapoin (Miopithecus ogouensis), also known as the Northern talapoin, is a species of talapoin in the Cercopithecidae family. It is found in riparian habitats in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Central African Republic, western Republic of the Congo and far northern Angola (Cabinda). Unlike the related Angolan talapoin, the Gabon talapoin has flesh-coloured (not blackish) ears and facial skin.

Taxonomy

While better known than the Angolan talapoin, and recognized as distinct as far back as 1969, 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, is a nomen nudum:

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

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