Types of Monkeys

There are many Types of Monkeys; there are those that have long tails and others short. There are those that are huge and others have a small body. On this article, we will highlight the well-known types of monkeys

Monkeys are haplorhine primates; there are about 260 known living species. The monkeys are categorized into two distinct lineages: New World Monkeys and catarrhines.

Some Monkeys are arboreal while others live on the savanna; their diets differ among the various species

1. Blue Monkey

The Blue Monkey is also well-known as the diademed monkey. It is a species of Old World monkey.

Types of Monkeys

The Blue Monkey has a little hair on its face which gives them a blue appearance. The monkeys are found in evergreen forests and montane bamboo forests. They live largely in the forest canopy. The monkeys eat mainly fruits and leaves. They prefer to live in tall trees which provide both food and shelter.

2. Baboon

There are 5 different species of baboons. They all live in Africa or Arabia.
They are some of the world’s largest monkeys. The baboons prefer savanna and others semi-arid habitats, but a few live in tropical forests.

Baboons can climb trees, but they spend most of their time on the ground.

3. Gibbon

Gibbons are apes found in the Hylobatidae family. They are mostly found in the tropical and subtropical rainforests from eastern Bangladesh and northeast India to southern China and Indonesia

Gibbon eat more of fruits and less of twigs, insects, leaves and flowers.

4. Capuchin Monkey

The Capuchin monkey belongs to the New World monkey classification. They live in trees and are mostly active during the day. Capuchin monkey are considered to be the most intelligent of New World Monkeys. The capuchin monkey feeds on a vast range of food types.

5. Howler Monkey

Howlers are New World monkeys which are mostly found in tropical Central and South America.
Howler monkeys have beards and thick long hair which may be black, red or brown.

6. Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden lion tamarins are small orange-yellow monkeys. They are habitually found closer to coastal forests on the Atlantic Ocean. Their name is derived from their striking orange mane.

Golden lion tamarins live in the trees, search for food by day, jumping from branch to branch, and sleep in tree hollows at night.

7. Mandrill
The mandrill is a primate of the Old World monkey family. Mandrills are mostly found in southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Congo. They mostly live in tropical rainforests. The Mandrills have an omnivorous diet consisting mostly of fruits and insects. They mostly live in large groups.

8. Japanese Macaque

The Japanese Macaque is known as the snow monkey. It is in the Old World monkey species which is native to Japan. These monkeys are known to as snow monkeys as they live in areas there is snow for most months of the year.

The Japanese Macaque is a medium sized Monkey found in different habitats of Japan. They are the world’s most northern living Monkey species which extraordinarily adapted to their surroundings and changing seasons very fast.

9. Proboscis Monkey

The proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey, are mostly found in South East Asia. They tend to have unusual large nose.

10. Marmoset

Marmosets are tiny monkeys that live high up in the canopies of South American rainforests. There are more than twenty species. Marmosets have soft and silky hair. There is a wide variety of colors among marmosets from black to brown to silver to bright orange.

11. Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus macaques have close-cropped hair on their heads, which accentuates their very expressive faces. They are Asian Old World monkeys.
Rhesus macaques can adapt to many habitats

12. Pygmy Marmoset

The pygmy marmoset is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America.

13. Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel monkeys are New World monkeys. Squirrel monkeys live in the tropical forests

14. Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys are New World monkeys. They are mostly found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, and from southern Mexico to Brazil.

15. Vervet Monkey

The vervet monkey is an Old World monkey of the family Cercopithecidae native to Africa.