Primate of the Week: Siamangs

Symphalangus syndactylus Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Hominoidea Family: Hylobatidae Siamangs are part of the group described as Gibbons. They are considered to be apes due to several characteristics including no tail. They are the largest of the gibbons (Ankel-Simons, 2000; Mootnick, 2006). They are all black with a large throat sac (Schultz, 1933; […]

Primate of the Week: Proboscis monkey

Nasalis larvatus Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea Family: Cercopithecidae Subfamily: Colobinae Proboscis monkeys are old world monkeys and one of the largest colobines (subfamily of old world monkeys) They are sexual dimorphic. Males on average are 75.5 cm in length while females are on average 62 cm in length (Napier and Napier, 1985; […]

Primate of the Week: Tufted capuchins

Cebus apella Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Family: Cebidae Subfamily: Cebinae Tufted capuchins are easily recognizable due to their black to dark brown cap with black sideburns and dark tufts on either side of the cap just above the ears. They have a paler shoulder and back that range from yellow to red brown. Their […]

Primate News of the Week

Researchers argue publicly on how well monkeys could talk if their brains were able Source: Science Advances Summary: Two researchers attempting to understand why monkeys cannot speak have publicly argued in the journal science reports. These arguments stemmed from from research by Philip Lieberman several years ago in which he suggested that monkeys could not […]

Primate of the Week: Diademed sifaka

Propithecus diadema Taxonomy Suborder: Strepsirrhini Infraorder: Lemuriformes Superfamily: Lemuroidea Family: Indriidae Diademed sifaka like most sifakas have long legs and tail that use for vertical clinging and leaping (Demes et al., 1996; Mittermeier et al., 2006). Diademed sifakas has shorter tail than head and body together. They are the largest sifaka and characterized by their […]

Primate News of the Week

    Borneo’s orangutans in ‘alarming’ decline: study Source: Science Reports Summary: In the island of Borneo the orangutan the population has a dropped significantly and many researchers are attempting to rethink methods for conservation of the critically endangered orangutans. This counters findings based upon aerial and ground surveys of orangutan nests that suggest there […]

Tarsiers and Primate Taxonomy

Basic Primate Taxonomy: *Kingdom: Animalia *Phylum: Chordata *Class: Mammalia *Order: Primates Now here is where it gets interesting The suborder of primates can be described as Prosimian and Anthropoids. Anthropoids are larger and contain monkeys and apes. Prosimians are considered to be early primates that tend to be small, solitary, dependent on olfactory communication, contain […]