Shock-headed Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus cuscinus
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Shock-headed Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1901
  • Monkey Size: 40 to 46 cm (15 to 18 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Dark brown
  • Habitat: Forest, mountains, montane forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Bolivia, Peru

Shock-headed Capuchin Distribution

Shock-headed Capuchin Characteristics

The shock-headed capuchin[1] (Cebus cuscinus) is a gracile capuchin monkey native to Peru and Bolivia.

  • This New-world monkey was previously classified as a subspecies of the Humboldt’s capuchin (Cebus albifrons), but in 2013 Rylands and Mittermeier raised it to a separate species, following genetic studies done by Boubli et al. in 2012, and Lynch Alfaro et al. in 2010.
  • Males have a head and body length of around 40 cm (16 in) with a tail length of around 44 cm (17 in).
  • Females have a head and body length of between 39 and 46 cm (15 and 18 in) with a tail length of between 39 and 47.5 cm (15.4 and 18.7 in).
  • They have dark brown fur on their backs, darker limbs, and yellowish-brown hands and feet. The front is cream.
  • Their face is pinkish, and they have a dark brown wedge-shaped cap clearly separated from the lighter forehead.

Shock-Headed Capuchin Facts

  • Shock-headed capuchin inhabits dry land and seasonally flooded lowland forests in the upper Amazon and montane forests on the western slopes of the Andes up to 1800 m altitude.
  • Like other gracile capuchin monkeys, shock-headed capuchins prefer medium to upper crowns but can sometimes forage on the ground.
  • Both sexes occupy linear hierarchies, with the higher-ranking male being dominant over the higher-ranking female.
  • Shock-headed capuchins are frugivores-insectivores, comprising a variety of seeds, fruits, arthropods, chicks, frogs, and even small mammals, with leaves, flowers, and stems.
  • There’s a peak birth season with an eighteen-month inter-birth interval.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkey Names

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Key References
  • [1]“Cebus cuscinus Thomas 1901-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed December 23, 2022. Link.

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