- Common Name: Collins’ Squirrel Monkey
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1916
- Monkey Size: 27 to 38 cm (15 to 11 in)
- Skin Color(s): Brownish-gray
- Habitat: Forest, rainforest
- Diet: Omnivorous
- Native Countries: Brazil
Collins’ Squirrel Monkey Distribution
Collins’ Squirrel Monkey Characteristics
Collins’ squirrel monkey is a species of squirrel monkey endemic to Brazil. Collins’ squirrel monkeys have long tails and small, compact bodies.
- Despite its length, the tail is non-prehensile. However, it offers exceptional poise and balance when moving quickly through the trees like a squirrel.
- Their little hands are equipped with nails, not claws, improving their grasping and clinging skills.
- The Collins’ squirrel monkey’s fur is brownish-gray, mainly in color. However, the fur on the legs is bright yellow.
- The yellow fur also mixes with the gray fur on the chest and top of the head.
- The pointed ears are topped with white fur, and white fur surrounds the dark eyes.
Collins’ Squirrel Monkey Facts
- Until a genetic study by Jessica Lynch Alfaro et al. raised them to the species category, Collins’ squirrel monkey had been considered a subspecies of the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus).
- Although it occasionally ventures to the ground to play or feed, this species is strictly an arboreal creature.
- It is a social and gregarious monkey that lives in dynamic and large groups. Between meals, this group will stop to socialize and rest.
- By traveling, socializing, foraging, and sleeping together in large numbers, they protect themselves and their resources against potential rivals.
- Their groups consist of several males and females, with the females holding the central dominant positions.
Suggested Reading: Little Monkey Species
Cite This Page
BioExplorer.net. (2023, June 04). Collins’ Squirrel Monkey. Bio Explorer. https://www.bioexplorer.net/animals/mammals/monkeys/collins-squirrel-monkey/.
BioExplorer.net. "Collins’ Squirrel Monkey" Bio Explorer, 04 June 2023, https://www.bioexplorer.net/animals/mammals/monkeys/collins-squirrel-monkey/.
BioExplorer.net. "Collins’ Squirrel Monkey" Bio Explorer, June 04 2023. https://www.bioexplorer.net/animals/mammals/monkeys/collins-squirrel-monkey/.