Pissinatti's Bald-faced Saki

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Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia pissinattii
  • Common Name: Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2014
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 70.5 cm (11.81 to 27.76 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black or orange
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki Distribution

Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki Characteristics

Pissinatti’s saki[1], or Pissinatti’s bald-faced saki (Pithecia pissinattii), is a controversial species of saki monkey, a New World Monkey.

  • Both sexes have pink to dark red faces, with older females’ faces tending towards black, and they also have black fur with a distinctive gray tinge.
  • Male species have a distinctive orange frill; younger males are very gray, but older males are not as gray.
  • Females have a lighter brown and grayer back.

Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki Facts

  • This species is named after Alcides Pissinatti, a Brazilian veterinarian who pioneered the breeding of endangered Brazilian primates.
  • Pissinatti’s saki is native to Brazil and is found south of the Solimões river between the Madeira and Purús rivers.
  • This species is believed to be threatened by deforestation and poaching, and its population is declining.
  • Pissinatti’s sakis are very arboreal, rarely reaching the ground, and primarily use quadrupedal locomotion in the trees.
  • These sakis often use vocalizations to communicate with their peers and to defend territorial boundaries.

Suggested Reading: All The Monkeys In The World

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BioExplorer.net. (2023, June 01). Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki. Bio Explorer. https://www.bioexplorer.net/animals/mammals/monkeys/pissinattis-bald-faced-saki/.
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Key References
  • [1]“Pithecia Desmarest 1804-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed December 20, 2022. Link.


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