Species Data

Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Family: Cebidae

Scientific Name: Cebus versicolor

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

IUCN Species Range Map



Only identified by genetic analysis in 2012, Varied White-fronted Capuchin is a reddish-gold coated primate with a light-coloured breast and dark crowned head. Like most capuchins, their tail makes up about half their total length of around one metre. They have flattened noses with sideways pointing nostrils, a dark forehead and brown eyes.



Varied White-fronted Capuchins are omnivorous frugivores. They use their strong, grasping hands to pull off bark and find insects or rummage in leaf-litter. While on the ground they walk bipedally and hold out their arms to balance. They live in groups of up to thirty individuals and have just one offspring at a time, with no specific mating period.

Some White-fronted Capuchins are known to use tools, including using leaves as drinking cups.

Varied White-fronted Capuchin. Credit: Fredy Gomez
El Silencio ©Fundacion Biodiversida Colombia


Varied White-fronted Capuchin are restricted to the forests and palm swamps in the Rio Magdalena valley. They are able to live in both primary and secondary forest.

El Silencio ©Fundacion Biodiversida Colombia

Threats and Conservation

Capuchins face threats from habitat loss and being killed for subsistence hunting. These are particularly worrying for this species as it has a restricted range. As a fairly newly identified species, a lot more work is needed to verify this species’ population threats.


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