Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus malitiosus
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1909
  • Monkey Size: 45.7 to 45.7 cm (18.0 to 18.0 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Dark brown
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin Distribution

Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin Characteristics

The Santa Marta white-fronted capuchin[1] (Cebus malitiosus) is a species of gracile capuchin monkey native to Colombia.

  • It was previously considered a subspecies of Cebus albifrons or a synonym of the Columbian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus). Still, Mittermeier and Rylands upgraded it to species status in 2013, following earlier work by Hershkovitz, Rylands, Cooper, and Hernandez-Camacho.
  • The Santa Marta white-fronted capuchin is characterized by a rather dark brown coloring with yellowish shoulders over most of the body.
  • A pale area on the dorsal area is less extensive, and upper parts and limbs are paler than in Hypoleucus.
  • Cap Prout’s is brown, mid back is cinnamon brown, and forearm and foreleg are indistinguishable from the back and sides of the body.
  • Abdominal and chest hair is tan to reddish, cinnamon, and silver.

Santa Marta White-Fronted Capuchin Facts

  • The Santa Marta white-fronted capuchin range is restricted to forests near northern Colombia’s northwestern base of the Sierra de Santa Marta.
  • These white-fronted capuchins are polygamous. The male mounts the female, grabs her legs with his hind legs, and copulates with her for a few minutes.
  • Santa Marta white-fronted Capuchins are found in large groups of up to 35 individuals.
  • Adult males are remarkably tolerant of each other in a group but are very aggressive towards males in other groups.
  • Perhaps the most important representation is the branch-break behavior performed by all group members. For example, even infants break small branches (or twigs) and knock them to the ground.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys List

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Key References
  • [1]“Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin”. Accessed December 23, 2022. Link.


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