Shock-headed capuchin
Cebus cuscinus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cebidae
Genus: Cebus
C. cuscinus
Binomial name
Cebus cuscinus
(Thomas, 1901)

The shock-headed capuchin (Cebus cuscinus) is a species of gracile capuchin monkey from Bolivia and Peru. It was previously classified as a subspecies of the Humboldt's white-fronted capuchin (C. albifrons), but in 2013 Mittermeier and Rylands elevated it to a separate species, following genetic studies by Boubli et al in 2012 and Lynch Alfaro et al in 2010.[1][2][3][4]

The shock-headed capuchin lives in lowland and seasonally inundated forests of the upper Amazon Basin, as well as montane forests of the western Andes Mountains up to elevations of 1,800 m (5,900 ft).[2] Males have a head and body length of about 40 cm (16 in) with a tail length of about 44 cm (17 in).[2] Females have a head and body length between 39 and 46 cm (15 and 18 in) with a tail length between 39 and 47.5 cm (15.4 and 18.7 in).[2]


  1. ^ a b Lynch Alfaro, J.W.; Shanee, S.; Mollinedo, J.M.; Heymann, E.W.; Muniz, C.C. (2021). "Cebus cuscinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T4075A191701729. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T4075A191701729.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Mittermeier, Russell A.; Rylands, Anthony B. (2013). Mittermeier, Russell A.; Rylands, Anthony B.; Wilson, Don E. (eds.). Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Volume 3, Primates. Lynx. pp. 407–408. ISBN 978-8496553897.
  3. ^ Phillips, Kimberly A. (2016). Rowe, Noel; Myers, Marc (eds.). All the World's Primates. Pogonias Press. pp. 285–286. ISBN 9781940496061.
  4. ^ Boubli, Jean P.; et al. (2012). "Cebus Phylogenetic Relationships: A Preliminary Reassessment of the Diversity of the Untufted Capuchin Monkeys" (PDF). American Journal of Primatology. 74 (4): 1–13. doi:10.1002/ajp.21998. PMID 22311697. S2CID 12171529. Retrieved 2018-12-30.