Peruvian White-fronted Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus yuracus
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Peruvian White-fronted Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1949
  • Monkey Size: 37 to 43 cm (15 to 17 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Ochre brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil

Peruvian White-fronted Capuchin Distribution

Peruvian White-fronted Capuchin Characteristics

The Peruvian white-fronted capuchin[1] or Marañón white-fronted capuchin (Cebus yuracus) is a species of gracile capuchin monkey native to the upper Amazon basin.

  • It was synonymous with the shock-headed capuchin (Cebus cuscinus), later considered a subspecies of the Humboldt’s white-fronted capuchin, but was classified as a separate species by Mittermeier and Rylands based on Boubli’s genetic studies.
  • The Peruvian white-fronted capuchin is gray on the forehead, the sides of the face, the chest, and the outer sides of the arms.
  • It resembles Spix’s white-fronted capuchin (Cebus unicolor). Still, its overall color is ochre-brown, contrasting strongly with the gray or buff on the outside of the forelegs.
  • The flanks are lighter. Male species have a head and body length of around 43 cm (17 in) with a tail length of around 47 cm (19 in) while female metrics are 37 cm (15 in) and 45 cm (18 in), respectively.

Peruvian White-Fronted Capuchin Facts

  • Peruvian white-fronted capuchin monkeys live in multi-male, multi-female groups of 5 to 18 individuals, with approximately equal numbers of males and females.
  • They are most active during the day and cover an estimated range of around 500 ha (1200 acres).
  • They thrive in mature forested areas at high elevations with low slopes and nearby streams.
  • Like all other capuchin species, male Peruvian white-fronted capuchins move from their natal group to a new group as adults.
  • Capuchin groups are relatively stable as the dominance hierarchy tends to be static, and a rank reversal is rare or non-existent.

Suggested Reading: Different Breeds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Cebus yuracus”. Accessed December 20, 2022. Link.

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