Río Cesar White-fronted Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus cesarae
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Río Cesar White-fronted Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1949
  • Monkey Size: 30.8 to 40.7 cm (12.1 to 16.0 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Light gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Río Cesar White-fronted Capuchin Distribution

Río Cesar White-fronted Capuchin Characteristics

The Río Cesar white-fronted capuchin[1] (Cebus cesarae) is a gracile capuchin monkey native to the Cesar River Valley in northern Colombia.

  • It was previously thought to be a subspecies of the white-fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons).
  • Genetic analysis by Jean Boubli in 2012 shows that this Colombian capuchin is more closely related to another Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) than to Cebus albifrons.
  • Some authors consider it a subspecies of the Varied White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus versicolor cesarae).
  • The Río Cesar white-fronted capuchin lives in dry semi-deciduous forests, gallery forests, and mangroves.
  • Its coat is light in color. Males have a head and body length between 30.8 and 40.7 cm (12.1 and 16.0 in) with a tail length between 41.9 and 49.5 cm (16.5 and 19 in).
  • Females have a head and body length of between 35.3 and 38.5 cm (13.9 and 15.2 in) with a tail length of between 46.1 and 50 cm (18.1 and 19.7 in.).

Río Cesar White-Fronted Capuchin Facts

  • Like other monkeys of the genus Cebus, the Río Cesar white-fronted capuchin is named after the order of the Friar Capuchins because the crests of these friars closely resemble the coloring of the monkey’s head.
  • The group size varies between 15 and 35 members. A dominant male and female usually lead groups.
  • Río Cesar white-fronted capuchins are very social and spend a lot of time grooming; however, dominant males and females receive a high proportion of grooming and rarely groom other individuals.
  • The small size of white capuchins makes them vulnerable to large predators.
  • These capuchins have adopted a loud alarm call that surprises some predators and can warn other group members of the predator’s presence.

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Key References
  • [1]“Río Cesar White-fronted Capuchin”. Accessed December 24, 2022. Link.

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