Mittermeier's Tapajós Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia mittermeieri
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2014
  • Monkey Size: 41 to 41 cm (16 to 16 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki Distribution

Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki Characteristics

Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki[1] (Pithecia mittermeieri) is a disputed species of saki monkey, a type of New World monkey.

  • It is native to central-western Brazil. It is among the most variable saki species in terms of coloration.
  • Males of this species have mostly black fur with long gray-white stripes and forearms covered in short, dense white fur.
  • They have a bright orange frill. Females are similar in coloration but less grizzled.

Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki Facts

  • Populations of this species were previously classified as Tapajós River saki (Pithecia irrorata). Still, a 2014 study described these populations as a separate species, Pithecia mittermeieri, based on their distinctive fur.
  • This species is named after the famous American primatologist Russell Mittermeier.
  • This species is native to Brazil, found in the southern Amazon between the Tapajós and Madeira rivers.
  • The home ranges of different groups often overlap, and although interactions between groups are not common, they are typically agonistic.
  • It is threatened by habitat loss and hunting in the southern part of its range (Rondônia). In the northernmost parts of its range, it is threatened by deforestation and range fragmentation.

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Key References
  • [1]“Mittermeier’s Tapajós Saki”. Accessed December 25, 2022. Link.

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