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 […]

Primate of the Week: Stump-tailed Macaque

Macaca arctoides  Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea Family: Cercopithecidae Subfamily: Cercopithecinae Stump-tailed macaques have short tails measuring .12 to 2.7 inches (Fa, 1989). Stump-tailed macaques have pink or red faces, and long shaggy brown fur (Fa, 1989; Rowe, 1996; Groves, 2001). Stump-tailed macaques infants are born white and their fur darkens with age […]

Primate of the Week: Orangutans

Pongo Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Hominoidea Family: Hominidae Genus: Pongo Species Pongo abelii Pongo pygmaeus p. morio p. pygmaeus p. wurmbii   Orangutans are great apes located within Southeast Asia. Orangutans are made up of two species; Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii) and Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus). They differed based upon phenotype. Sumatran orangutans […]

Friendships and the Savannah baboon

How do you define friendships in primatology? Friendships are described as high rates of association between anestrus (non estrous ie no sexual activity) and lactating females with unrelated males of any rank (Strum, 1974; Altmann, 1980; Smuts, 1985).  Female and male friendship is a unique occurrence  within mammals. In most mammal groups the two different […]

Primate of the Week: Ring-tailed lemurs

Lemur catta  Taxonomy  Suborder: Strepsirrhini Infraorder: Lemuriformes Superfamily: Lemuroidea Family: Lemuirdae Lemur catta or ring-tailed Lemurs are gray with black and white face and ring tailed, consisting of fourteen black and white circles. Both females and males are monomorphic (same size) (Jolly, 1996; Mittermeir et al. 1994; Sussman, 2000 (The ring-tailed lemurs are located in […]

Primate of the Week: Black Spider Monkey

Ateles paniscus   Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Family: Atelidae Subfamily: Atelinae Black spider monkeys are one of the seven species of new world monkey within the Ateles genus (Groves, 2001). All Ateles are found within Central and South America (van Roosmalen and Klein, 1988). Like other members of the Atelidae family (howler monkeys, spider […]

Primate News of the Week

Monkey fights help explain tipping points in animal societies Source: Santa Fe Institute Summary: Through studying pigtail macaque monkeys within a captive in order to establish if there was a critical point of monkey conflict behaviors that predicted large scale brawls and critical points within monkey society that could lead to entirely new monkey regime. […]