Coastal Black-handed Titi

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Callicebus Callicebus melanochir
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Coastal Black-handed Titi
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1820
  • Monkey Size: 29 to 45 cm (11 to 18 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Coastal Black-handed Titi Distribution

Coastal Black-Handed Titi Characteristics

The coastal black-handed titi[1] is another species of titi, a New World primate native to the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil.

  • At first glance, coastal black-handed titis appear to have stout and round bodies.
  • In fact, their dense fur hides the actual shape of their body, sometimes making them look like growth on a branch – extremely effective at hiding from predators!
  • They use a long, non-prehensile tail to balance themselves on branches.
  • Coastal black-handed titis exhibit subtle sexual dimorphisms, such as the larger size of the male, the lighter coloration of the females on the inner parts of the chest, limbs, and abdomen, and the slightly longer tail of the females.

Coastal Black-Handed Titi Facts

  • Coastal black-handed Titi monkeys vocalize synchronously early in the morning, possibly to announce their presence in their territory.
  • It’s an arboreal species that frequently moves along the ground and can spread over short distances in non-forest areas.
  • It lives in family groups of a monogamous pair and their young and occupies home ranges of 22 to 24 ha.
  • The long cry of Callicebus melanochir is unlike any other primate in the region. It can be heard for miles from the source.
  • The species is critically endangered on the IUCN Red List due to fragmentation and habitat loss.

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Key References
  • [1]“Occurrence and conservation of the Vulnerable titi monkey Callicebus melanochir in fragmented landscapes of the Atlantic Forest hotspot | Oryx | Cambridge Core”. Accessed December 12, 2022. Link.

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