Extant (resident) Ecuador; Peru
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The Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin is a medium sized monkey with light brown back and white underside, giving this species its alternative name of Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin. This species is very similar to other species of white-fronted capuchin, and was only classified as a separate species in 2013.
They are omnivorous, feeding primarily on fruits and invertebrates. They are often eaten by birds of prey and possibly small cats, such as margay, and snakes. Like many primates, they live in large groups with complicated social structures. Other species of white-fronted capuchin have been observed using and manufacturing tools, a skill previously believed to be unique to humans and chimpanzees.
The Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin is distributed in western lowland Ecuador (from the Guayllabamba-Esmeraldas rivers to the south, with Bilsa Biological Station in Mache-Chindul National Park the northernmost locality: Mittermeier et al. 2013, Tirira, 2018) and NW Peru (Tumbes, the southernmost locality is PN Cerros de Amotape; Mittermeier et al. 2013). While most known sites are near the Pacific coast, some new localities have also been reported further inland in the Ecuadorian Andean foothills (La Hesperia, Jauneche and Mindo in Ecuador: Jack and Campos 2012, Cervera et al. 2018, de la Torre pers. obs.). Cervera et al. (2018) extended the range north of the Río Guayllabamba based on field surveys, suggesting the need for more information about the species range north of this river.
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Moscoso, P., de la Torre, S., Cornejo, F.M., Mittermeier, R.A., Lynch, J.W. & Heymann, E.W. 2021. Cebus aequatorialis (amended version of 2020 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T4081A191702052. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T4081A191702052.en. Downloaded on 06 June 2021.
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