Black-striped capuchin

Black-striped capuchin

Sapajus libidinosus

The black-striped capuchin, also known as the bearded capuchin, is a capuchin monkey from South America. It was the first non-ape primate in which tool usage was documented in the wild, as individuals have been seen cracking nuts by placing them on a stone "anvil" while hitting them with another large stone. Since then, wild populations of this species have been observed to use a wide range of tools, making them one of the species with the more diverse tool kit among primates. They have been observed using stone tools to dig for roots, tubers and spiders; use sticks as probes to scare prey from hiding places and to dip for honey; throw stones as a sexual communication display; stone banging as threat displays; hit stones together to pulverize pebbles and then rub/lick stone powder. Some of the stone tool use behaviors have been happening for at least 3000 years. Adaptations to carrying large stones and fruit include strengthened back and leg muscles that permit the monkey to walk on its hind legs while carrying stones. The black-striped capuchin was traditionally considered a subspecies of the tufted capuchin. On the contrary, the southern population here included in S. libidinosus are sometimes been considered a separate species, Azaras's capuchin .

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Biogeographical realms

Black-striped capuchin habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

Diet and Nutrition


1. Black-striped capuchin Wikipedia article -
2. Black-striped capuchin on The IUCN Red List site -

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