- Common Name: Bare-eared Squirrel Monkey
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1843
- Monkey Size: 25 to 35 cm (9.8 to 13.8 inches)
- Skin Color(s): Black, grey, yellow, and orange
- Habitat: Rainforest
- Diet: Omnivorous
- Native Countries: Brazil, Bolivia
Bare-eared Squirrel Monkey Distribution
Bare-eared Squirrel Monkey Characteristics
The bare-eared squirrel monkey also called the golden-backed squirrel monkey, are a subspecies of the Saimiri sciureus group native to the tropical forests and jungles of South and Central America.
- Bare-eared squirrel monkeys have masks of white fur around their eyes and black or dark brown around their mouths and chins.
- Species in the Saimiri sciureus group have a “gothic” arch. The white fur rises dramatically, and the darker fur on the head forms a deep “V” between the eyes.
- The bare-eared squirrel monkey differs from other species because it does not have ear tufts.
- Also, it is yellowish or orange on its forearms, feet, and hands with a brownish-gray head.
Bare-eared Squirrel Monkey Facts
- Their small size makes squirrel monkeys vulnerable to a wide range of predators throughout their range, including birds of prey, felids, and snakes.
- Bare-eared squirrel monkeys can only sweat through the palms of their feet and hands. This makes their feet and hands feel damp when touched.
- Their females have a pseudo-penis which they use to show dominance over smaller monkeys just like their male counterparts show dominance.
- Unlike other New World monkeys, the tail of bare-eared squirrel monkeys is not used for climbing but as a kind of “balance pole” and a tool.
- The genus name is of Tupi origin (sai-mirim meaning sai “monkey” and mirim “little“) and was used as an English name by early researchers too.
Suggested Reading: Different Types of Monkeys In The World
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