Varied White-fronted Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus versicolor
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Varied White-fronted Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1845
  • Monkey Size: 45 to 50.5 cm (17.7 to 19.9 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Red
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Varied White-fronted Capuchin Distribution

Varied White-fronted Capuchin Characteristics

The Varied white-fronted capuchin[1] (Cebus versicolor) is a species of gracile capuchin monkey endemic to Colombia.

  • It has been classified as a subspecies of the white-fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons). However, a genetic analysis by Jean Boubli in 2012 revealed that it is a different species.
  • Some authors consider the Rio Cesar white capuchin a subspecies of the varied white-fronted capuchin.
  • These Colombian primates have reddish fur on their back, forearms, and front legs, contrasting with the lighter fur overall.
  • With head and body lengths between 45 and 50.5 cm (17.7 and 19.9 inches) with a tail length between 42 and 45.5 mm (1.65 and 1.79 inches), these New-World Monkeys have a dark brown crown on their heads, contrasting with light-colored fur on its temples, forehead, chin, neck, and sides of its face and neck.

Varied White-Fronted Capuchin Facts

  • The Varied white-fronted capuchin lives in the lowland rainforests and palm swamps of the Magdalena River Valley in northern Colombia.
  • These capuchin monkeys are diurnal (active during the day), spending time in the canopy and on the ground.
  • Like all capuchin monkeys, they exhibit self-anointing behavior: rubbing mud, plants, or insects on their bodies.
  • All capuchin monkeys also practice urine rubbing, including Varied white-fronted capuchins. The anointing could serve as a fungicide, repellent, or self-medication.
  • The rubbing of the chest, muzzle, and anogenital area against the shafts have a different purpose; Capuchins mark their territory by spreading glandular secretions, saliva, or other pungent substances.

Suggested Reading: Monkey Species List

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Key References
  • [1]“Varied White-fronted Capuchin – World Land Trust”. Accessed December 21, 2022. Link.

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