Geoffroy's Monk Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia monachus
Geoffroy's Monk Saki
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Geoffroy’s Monk Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1812
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 50 cm (11.81 to 19.69 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Peru

Geoffroy’s Monk Saki Distribution

Geoffroy’s Monk Saki Characteristics

Geoffroy's Monk Saki

Geoffroy’s monk saki[1], also called monk saki, is a species of saki monkey, a New-World primate native to South America.

  • Always desperate for a haircut, Geoffroy’s monk saki is a smaller primate with dark, shaggy fur.
  • Their partially bare face is surrounded by a densely fringed hairstyle reminiscent of his namesake, a monk.
  • Their bodies are typically black with light gray feet and hands, giving them an aged appearance. However, they can grasp branches with long, dexterous fingers.
  • Their short hind limbs are designed to leap great distances quickly, perfect for living high in the trees.
  • A Geoffroy’s monk saki tail is as thick and hairy as the rest of the body. However, it isn’t prehensile and sometimes hangs over branch edges like a particularly dirty feather duster.

Geoffroy’s Monk Saki Facts

  • Geoffroy’s monk saki weighs as much as a giant rabbit.
  • A monk saki is one of seven species of New-World arboreal monkeys with a bushy, feathery tail.
  • This tiny primate is very nervous around humans and has abnormal disturbances; therefore, there is very little data on the daily life of Geoffroy’s monk saki.
  • They are diurnal and four-legged leapers; they usually move on all fours but can be seen swinging bipedally on large branches before jumping to another tree.
  • Adults can identify their mate by a specific vocalization. Still, many of Geoffroy’s monk saki’s modes of communication seem designed to express aggression.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“A Taxonomic Revision of the Saki Monkeys, Pithecia Desmarest, 1804”. Accessed September 04, 2022. Link.

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