Rio Tapajós Saki

Rio Tapajós Saki

The Rio Tapajós Saki (Pithecia Irrorata) is a New World Monkey in the Pitheciinae subfamily of the Pitheciidae family of monkeys, and is found in areas of Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Like most Sakis, the Rio Tapajós Saki is relatively small in size with a long, bushy tail. They have precisely adapted bodies that feature strong leg muscles to make it easier for the Rio Tapajós Saki to jump from tree to tree; which is where they spend virtually all of their life. Furthermore, these adaptations make the Rio Tapajós Saki well-suited for life in trees where it finds the fruit that make up the vast majority of their diet. The dark and fuzzy fur of the Rio Tapajós Saki makes it very easy to tell apart from other types of Saki monkeys.

Habitat

The Rio Tapajós Saki is found in areas of Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Like most other members of Saki family, they spend most of their time in the understory and lower canopy of the rainforest and almost never goes down to the forest floor. This is because the Rio Tapajós Saki eats fruit almost exclusively has evolved specific features to allow them to live in the lower canopy. The Rio Tapajós Saki even sleeps in the limbs of the tree, wrapping around in a coil in a method common to cats.

Diet

Considered a frugivore, the Rio Tapajós Saki makes up its diet almost entirely of fruits it harvests from the lower canopy and understory of the rainforests and woodland areas in which it dwells. Almost 90% of their diet consists of fruits with around 10% consisting of other plants like leaves and flowers as well as small insects such as spiders and mollusks. The Rio Tapajós Saki, as well as other members of the Saki group, utilizes a method of eating that is very unique compared to other New World Monkeys. The Rio Tapajós Saki enjoys feeding on the seeds of fruit that have not yet reached maturity; which makes them the only consumer of that particular food source.

Fun Rio Tapajós Saki Facts

  1. Rio Tapajós Saki monkeys have precisely adapted bodies that feature strong leg muscles to make it easier for them to jump from tree to tree; which is where they spend virtually all of their life.
  2. Almost 90% of the Rio Tapajós Saki’s diet consists of fruits with around 10% consisting of other plants like leaves and flowers as well as small insects such as spiders and mollusks.
  3. The Rio Tapajós Saki enjoys feeding on the seeds of fruit that have not yet reached maturity; which makes them the only consumer of that particular food source.
  4. Spending almost 100% of their time in the lower canopy of the rainforest, the White-Faced Saki almost never descends to the forest floor.