Significance to humans

Because of their nocturnal habits, night monkeys are relatively protected from human interference, but they may occasionally be hunted for food. Several night monkey species have been used in medical research, notably because they can be infected with human malaria.

1. Nancy Ma's night monkey (Aotus nancymaae); 2. Three-striped night monkey (Aotus trivirgatus); 3. Gray-bellied night monkey (Aotus lemurinus). (Illustration by Bruce Worden)

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