Wedge-capped capuchin

Wedge-capped capuchin

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Cebus olivaceus
WEIGHT
1100-4300 g
LENGTH
605-1120 mm

The wedge-capped capuchin or weeper capuchin is a capuchin monkey from South America. It is found in northern Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, Venezuela and possibly northern Colombia. The genus Cebus is divided into several different species. However, taxonomists argue over the specific divisions within the genus, which are uncertain and controversial. Cebus olivaceus is known to dwell in tall, primary forest and travel over long distances during the day. These primates are medium-sized monkeys with distinctive "wedge cap" markings on their head and slightly longer limbs than other capuchins for jumping through the forest canopy. Similar to other capuchin monkeys, the diet of wedge-capped capuchin primarily consists of fruits, invertebrates, other plant parts, and on rare occasions small vertebrates. They have also been known to rub millipedes against their fur, especially in the rainy seasons, as a potential means of mosquito repellent. Although this species is classified as an animal of least concern by IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it falls prey to many predators in South America ranging from vultures to jaguars. Cebus olivaceus is a polygamous species that lives in groups anywhere from 5-30 individuals, with a female biased sex ratios. The group is organized according to a pre-determined hierarchal system of dominance for both males and females. Although biological lineage is less of a factor of dominance for males than it is for females, due to male migration between groups. Wedge-capped capuchin partake in several behavioral mechanisms to assert and maintain dominance within the group including: infanticide, when an infant is deliberately killed; grooming, used to facilitate social rapport; and alloparenting, which is when members of the group care for offspring that are not their own.

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Om

Omnivore

Zo

Zoochory

No

Nomadic

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

Po

Polygyny

Po

Polygamy

So

Social

Do

Dominance hierarchy

Mi

Migrating

W

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Biogeographical realms

Wedge-capped capuchin habitat map

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
145 to 170 days
BABY CARRYING
1

References

1. Wedge-capped capuchin Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge-capped_capuchin
2. Wedge-capped capuchin on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/81384371/17937836

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