Brown Capuchin Monkey

Cebus apella


Domain Eukarya - all animal cells are rounded shape, have a nucleus,and can be single celled or multicellular

Kingdom Animalia- Animals are multicelular, the ingest food and they are heterotrophs

Phylum Chordata- Bilateral symmetry they have a complete digestive cartilaginous endoskeloton

Subphylum Vertebrata- They have paired kidneys, 2-4 heart chambers, and their digestive system has a liver, a pancreas, and digestive glands

Class Mammalia- They have 3 middle ear bones, all have hair, and a production of milk by modified sweat

Order Primates- Have a skull, teeth, and limbs

Family Cebidae- 56 species of cebids, 5 genera and 3 subfamilies

Genus- Capuchin Monkey

Species- Cebus apella


Height-444mm (M), 390 mm

Weight-1.9 to 4.8 kilograms

Length- 12-24 inches

Food-fruit eggs, insects, small reptiles, small mammals

Color- light brown, yellow, black shoulders and underbelly are lighter than the rest of the body

Habitat- Moist subtropical forest, tropical forests dry forests and gallery forests

Predators-the main predator for the Capuchin monkey is the harpy eagle, and jaguars and other large birds

Geographical Range- the geographical range

Physical Adaptations

One physical adaptation is their tails. this helps them to balance in high trees. Another adaptation is for the baby when it is in infancy they ride on their mothers back. this helps the baby so it doesn't get hurt or lost. the next adaptation is how they have outstanding freedom of movement. this hep the monkey for when they have to jump tree tops. Another adaptation is there very good eyesight. this helps them a lot when they are looking for food and it makes them very agile. One more Adaptation is they have prehensile hands and feet. this helps so they can grab branches easier.

Behavioral Adaptation

One behavioral adaptation is the dominant male makes sounds when he sees predators. this helps them survive so the other part of the troop can get to safety. Another Adaptation is there smartness to use sticks to dig for nuts and catching ants and they use stones to crack open tough shells of nuts. The dominant male is most active in protecting the group form predators. They sleep in tall trees. they are chosen for there security and comfort level. When a couple has an offspring the parenting is usually left to the mother. This is important so the baby doesn't get hurt by the male. Or the male takes it from the group because males travel a lot. they don't stay in the same group all there life.


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