- The Capuchin is a rather small species of New World monkey. There remain two known groups of Capuchin monkey living throughout a moderately large area.
- The animals were originally given their name due to the supposed resemblance to members of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
- This remarkable creature also represents the most intelligent of all known New World simian species.
- Lamentably, this has also led to its being extremely common in laboratory research, a practice we frown upon.
Capuchin Physical Description
The rather fascinating Capuchin, like many simians, does not display any marked degree of sexual dimorphism.
The coloring varies slightly by species. Typically, however, the color combinations are black, brown, and off-white.
Adults average roughly 22 in (56 cm) in body length. Also, the tails usually grow to about the same length as the body.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cebidae
Capuchin Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
It has also proven to be rather adaptable, living in several different types of habitats. These include wet lowland forests and dry deciduous forests.
Several species have demonstrated an independently learned behavior indicative of observational skills and intelligent reasoning.
For example, during the mosquito season, Individuals will crush millipedes and spread their remains on each other’s backs.
This acts as a natural insect repellent. What a hilarious practice but hey, nature knows best.
As with most similar simians, this mammal is both diurnal and arboreal in nature. Also, it tends to spend the vast majority of the day foraging for their food.
The Capuchin is omnivorous and principally consumes fruit, nuts, insects, spiders, eggs, and small invertebrates.
These monkeys typically live in large groups which range in size from 10-40 individuals. In the wild, this monkey usually lives 15-25 years.
Finally, the primary predators of this animal include cougars, jaguars, and large snakes.