Lagothrix flavicauda (Primates: Atelidae)

José E. Serrano-Villavicencio, Sam Shanee, Víctor Pacheco

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Lagothrix flavicauda (Humboldt, 1812), commonly known as the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, is one of the largest New World primates. Its diet is based on fruits and leaves, and occasionally flowers, buds, epiphyte roots, invertebrates, and some vertebrates. It is endemic to the cloud forests of northern Peru, in Amazonas, San Martín, Huánuco, Junín, La Libertad, and Loreto departments at elevations from 1,000 to 2,800 m. It lives in groups of up to 30 individuals. Lagothrix flavicauda is listed as "Critically Endangered"(CR) by both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and under Peruvian legislation, and on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-144
Number of pages11
JournalMammalian Species
Issue number1010
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Lorena Fernández-Hidalgo of Neotropical Primate Conservation Peru for kindly offering both photographs of the live animals used here. We thank the two anonymous reviewers, and Christine Cooper and Meredith Hamilton who provided valuable comments and suggestions to improve our manuscript. JES-V received financial support from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Society of Mammalogists.


  • Peru
  • cloud forests
  • endemic
  • primate
  • yellow-tailed woolly monkey


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