Night monkeys

(Aotidae)

Class Mammalia Order Primates Family Aotidae

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Gracile monkeys with a slender body and a rounded head; face flat with short muzzle; nocturnal habits reflected by remarkably large eyes, resulting in the alternate name "owl monkeys," and inconspicuous pelage coloration

Size

Medium-sized monkeys weighing approximately 2 lb (910 g)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 8 species

Habitat

Evergreen tropical rainforest, gallery forest, and mixed deciduous forest

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 2 species; Data Deficient 1 species

Distribution

After howler monkeys (genus Alouatta), this is the second most widely distributed genus among the New World monkeys, occurring over a vast range including Panama and a large part of South America

Distribution

After howler monkeys (genus Alouatta), this is the second most widely distributed genus among the New World monkeys, occurring over a vast range including Panama and a large part of South America

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