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

    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 […]

Primate News of the Week

Apes only provide food to conspecifics that have previously assisted them Source : Max Planck Institutes for Evolutionary Anthropology and for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig Summary: A behavioral experiment was set up to understand Chimpanzee cooperation. A chimpanzee was given the choice of either providing food to itself and a partner or only […]

Primate of the Week: Orangutans

Pongo Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Hominoidea Family: Homindae Genus: Pongo Species: Pongo abelii and Pongo pygmaeus Subspecies: P.p morio, P.p. pygmaeus, P. p. wurmbii Orangutans are apes within the genus of Pongo and can be split into two separate species Sumatran orangutans (P. abelii) and Bornean orangutans (P. pygmaeus). The two species diverged 1.5 million years ago and […]