Black-capped squirrel monkey

The black-capped squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis) is a South American squirrel monkey, found in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. This South American monkey can be found in numerous zoos (with over 80 zoos keeping them in Europe alone, the majority of them being of the Bolivian subspecies) around the world, including the Ellen Trout Zoo, London Zoo, Apenheul Primate Park, Copenhagen Zoo, Zurich Zoo and Auckland Zoo. Black capped squirrel monkeys are flexible omnivores, with diets including insects, fruits, flowers, eggs, and even small vertebrates (NeuroImage, Academic Press).[3]

Black-capped squirrel monkey[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cebidae
Genus: Saimiri
S. boliviensis
Binomial name
Saimiri boliviensis
Geographic range


  • Bolivian squirrel monkey, Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis
  • Peruvian squirrel monkey, Saimiri boliviensis peruviensis


  1. Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. Wallace, R.B.; Cornejo, F. & Rylands, A.B. (2008). "Saimiri boliviensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T41536A10494082. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T41536A10494082.en. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. Chiou, Kenneth L.; Pozzi, Luca; Lynch Alfaro, Jessica W.; Di Fiore, Anthony (2011). "Pleistocene diversification of living squirrel monkeys (Saimiri spp.) inferred from complete mitochondrial genome sequences". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59 (3): 736–745. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.025. PMID 21443955.

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