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Spix's Night Monkey

Aotus vociferans


Simply called the "Night Monkey" in many areas, this medium small monkey is a beautiful rich brown over most of the body. The top of the head, the feet and most of the tail are black. It has a white chin and white around the eyes, which are very large.


These monkeys are common but rarely seen in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador and most of the NW Amazon jungle. This one had the free run of the village, coming and going at will. They are normally found in small family groups foraging through the trees for fruit and insects.


The Night Monkeys, with there large eyes and timid ways are really cool to watch when the opportunity presents itself. There is a downloadable pdf that is an excellent guide to the primates of Ecuador. The link is to the right in the Reference box.

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Tukup 6 months ago

Thanks again Ashley. Naturally I think these animals are pretty cool. It's nice to see others do too :-)

AshleyT 6 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.74, Long: -77.19

Spotted on Oct 20, 2011
Submitted on Feb 15, 2019

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