Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Saimiri Saimiri macrodon
Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey
  • Common Name: Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1907
  • Monkey Size: 25 to 32 cm (9.8 to 12.6 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray, olive or orange
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey Distribution

Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey Characteristics

Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey

The Ecuadorian squirrel monkey[1] is a species of the squirrel monkey.

  • It has a body and a head length of between 9.8 and 12.6 in (25 and 32 cm) with a tail length of between 13 and 17 in (34 and 44 cm).
  • Males weigh between 885 and 1, 380 grams (31.2 and 48.7 ounces), and females weigh between 590 and 1, 150 grams (21 and 41 ounces).
  • Its coloration is similar to the Guianan squirrel monkey, but its fur is darker.

Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey Facts

  • Although it occasionally ventures to the ground to play or feed, the Ecuadorian squirrel monkey is strictly an arboreal primate.
  • Its small body and long tail give it the incredible ability to sneak up and down branches on all fours (quadrupedally) with unwavering agility.
  • Males operate according to their own hierarchy, which to some extent, determines who is allowed to mate.
  • Ecuadorian squirrel monkeys often mix with groups of capuchin monkeys.
  • Although not aggressively territorial, they use scents to mark their territory or leave a trail for other group members to follow.

Suggested Reading: Monkey Species List

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Key References
  • [1]“ITIS – Report: Saimiri macrodon”. Accessed December 13, 2022. Link.

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