Primates of Nicaragua

Taxonomy and Conservation Status
May 2007

Family Cebidae

Cebus capucinus imitator
Cebus capucinus limitaneus
Panamanian white-throated capuchin
Honduran white-faced capuchin

Family Atelidae

Alouatta palliata palliata Golden-mantled howling monkey LC
Ateles geoffroyi frontatus
Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi
Ateles geoffroyi ornatus
Black-browed spider monkey
Geoffroy’s spider monkey
Ornate spider monkey


Total Taxa: 6
Total Threatened: 1
Percent Threatened: 17%

Note: This is presented as a working taxonomy and is not definitive.

The conservation status of each species is based on assessment summaries provided by the IUCN Red List. The Red List website offers more information on the threat categories listed here.


Groves, C. P. 2001. Primate Taxonomy. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Rylands, A. B., Groves, C. P., Mittermeier, R. A., Cortés-Ortiz, L. and Hines, J. J. H. 2006. Taxonomy and distributions of Mesoamerican primates. In: New Perspectives in the Study of Mesoamerican Primates, A. Estrada, P. A. Garber, M. Pavelka and L. Luecke (eds.), pp.29-79.