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The white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus), also known as the white-faced capuchin or white-throated capuchin, is a medium-sized New World monkey of the family Cebidae, subfamily Cebinae. Native to the forests of Central America and the extreme north-western portion of South America, the white-headed capuchin is important to rainforest ecology for its role in dispersing seeds and pollen.

Facts

  1. The white headed capuchin is the only capuchin species in Central America.
  2. The white-headed capuchin has a prehensile tail that acts as an extra hand.
  3. The capuchins have got their name after the black cap - "capuche" - its Italian monks bar.
  4. The white-headed capuchins live in very social groups, making it difficult for predators such as snakes and jaguars to access them.
  5. The capucin can carry on malaria and other diseases that can be passed on to humans, which can make it dangerous to have them as pets.

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