South American squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus)
- The South American squirrel monkey is a small primate found in South America.
- Until recently there were only two species of squirrel monkey, but the genus has been reclassified into five species.
- Squirrel monkeys spend up to 80% of the day foraging for fruits, insects and other small animal prey.
- Squirrel monkey groups can consist of up to 100 animals.
The South American squirrel monkey is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1) and is listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).
Subspecies: Saimiri sciureus albigena is classified as Near Threatened (NT), and S. s. cassiquiarensis, S. s. macrodon and S. s. sciureus are classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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- Subspecies: a population usually restricted to a geographical area that differs from other populations of the same species, but not to the extent of being classified as a separate species.