What kind of animal is a capuchin monkey? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a capuchin monkey? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. It is an animal that can be seen in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname in South America, and although it is not very famous, it is an endangered species and is in a very critical situation.

What is a capuchin monkey? About basic status

The capuchin monkey is a monkey that belongs to the genus Capuchin in the order Primates, family Capuchinidae. The body length is 30-56cm and the weight is 2-4kg. The scientific name is Cebus apella. The kanji is Fusaomakizaru. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)tufted capuchin
brown capuchin
scientific name(学名)Cebus apella
classification(分類)Mammalia、Primates、 Cebidae、Cebus

About classification

There are many subspecies of capuchin monkeys.

  • C. a. apella 
  • C. a. macrocephalus 
  • C. a. fatuellus
  • C. a. peruanus
  • C. a. tocantinus
  • C. a. margaritae
  • C. a. libidinosus
  • C. a. juruanus 
  • C. a. pallidus 
  • C. a. nigritus 
  • C. a. paraguayanus
  • C. a. vellerosus 
  • C. a. robstus
  • C. a. cay
  • C. a. frontatus
  • C. a. xanthosternos

About habitat

The capuchin monkey is distributed in Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The most distinctive feature of the capuchin monkey is its black face and tuft-like raised hair on its head. It has five fingers on its four limbs, and can also grasp objects with its hind feet. Their long tails help them balance on trees. Capuchin monkeys live in subtropical and tropical forests. Although they sometimes descend to the ground, they are primarily arboreal, living in the middle to lower layers of trees.

What is your personality like?

Capuchin monkeys are very intelligent monkeys, and they are better than stupid humans. In the wild, you can also use tools to perform tasks. They are also great because they can make warning sounds that other monkeys can hear to warn them of danger. They are also very social and live in groups.

What does the ecology look like?

Capuchin monkeys are omnivorous and mostly eat seeds and fruits, but they also eat nuts, roots, stems, etc., as well as insects and reptiles. The form of coexistence is viviparous. They are polygynous and have no fixed breeding season. The gestation period is 150 days, and it is possible to give birth to 1 to 3 cubs at a time. The lifespan is thought to be about 30 to 45 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

The natural enemies of capuchin monkeys are jaguars and pumas.

Is the capuchin monkey an endangered species?

Unfortunately, the subspecies of the capuchin monkey is designated as an endangered species. The population on Margarita Island in southern Venezuela is in severe decline and may become completely extinct.

Can capuchin monkeys be kept as pets?

As mentioned above, capuchin monkeys are designated as an endangered species, so it is impossible for the general public to keep them. Let’s enjoy it at a zoo etc. Enter the park and ask for information about events and other activities within the park. It is possible for highly intelligent monkeys to use objects.


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