Field Guides

Primatas do Amapá Pocket Identification Guide

Conservation International and the Primate Specialist Group have published the newest entry in their series of folding pocket guides – an overview of the primates of Amapá, one of the northernmost states of Brazil and a haven for Amazonian primates.

No Brazilian state holds more of its territory under protection than Amapá; at least 72% of its land area is legally protected, through a combination of conservation units and indigenous lands. At least ten species of primates are found across the state, ranging from the golden-handed tamarin to the Guianan black spider monkey. Although most of these species are drawn from the Guianas, several have extensive distributions in the Amazon as well, giving this region a unique convergence of primate faunas.

More than a basic recognition sheet, this new field guide presents a compact summary of ecological and behavioral information for these ten species. Each profile includes full-body illustrations and up-close portrait views, as rendered by primate artist Stephen Nash, as well as distribution maps showing Amapá in the context of each species’ overall range. The text for each profile includes information on ecology, behavior and distribution, as well as body measurements, field marks and an extensive selection of common names in both European and native languages.

As with all the folding guides, Primatas do Amapá is laminated for durability in the field and weighs barely two ounces, making it a sturdy and lightweight companion for journeys to Amapá, the Guianas or the northern Amazon.  To order a copy of this pocket guide, go to or contact Jill Lucena at for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: The text of Primatas do Amapá is presented entirely in Portuguese, with no English translation. This publication is best suited for students or researchers with a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese, or for travelers of any stripe who are interested in improving their grasp of Portuguese in the field.



Silva Júnior, J. S., Silva, C. R. and Kasecker, T. P. 2008. Primatas do Amapá Guia de Identificação de Bolso Conservation International Tropical Pocket Guide Series #7. Conservation International, Arlington, VA.