Isabel's Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia isabela
  • Common Name: Isabel’s Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2014
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 50 cm (11.81 to 19.67 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • Native Countries: Peru

Isabel’s Saki Distribution

Isabel’s Saki Characteristics

Isabel’s saki[1] (Pithecia isabela) is a New World Monkey species, native to a small part of northern Peru.

  • These sakis are small monkeys with long, bushy tails.
  • Their body is adapted to live in trees, with strong hind legs that allow them to jump far.
  • They reach a length of 30 to 50 cm, with an equally long tail. Isabel’s saki closely resembles Napo saki (Pithecia napensis), with the two species sharing a dark coloration with prominent white eye patches.
  • Still, Pithecia napensis also has dense white fur on its forehead, while Pithecia isabela has a more diffused white fur.
  • Pithecia isabela has a less extensive and slightly duller orange neck than P. napensis.

Isabel’s Saki Facts

  • Isabel’s saki is only known from a small part of northern Peru near the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
  • The species was named in honor of Isabel Godin des Odonais, an 18th-century Ecuadorian noblewoman who traveled across South America to find her husband.
  • Populations of this species were previously classified under the monk saki (Pithecia monachus). Still, a 2014 study described these populations as a separate species, Pithecia isabela, because of their distinctive pelage.
  • They mostly walk on all fours, often running upright on their hind legs over branches and sometimes leaping long distances.
  • Isabel’s saki is believed to be threatened by poaching, deforestation, and its small range. Thus its population is believed to be declining.

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Key References
  • [1]“ITIS – Report: Pithecia isabela”. Accessed December 15, 2022. Link.


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