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Owl Monkey Skull Replica measures 2.5 inches. The Owl Monkey Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast made in USA. California Academy of Sciences Specimen. Skull is male. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).
The night monkey, also known as the owl monkeys or Douroucoulis, are the members of the genus Aotus of New World monkeys (monotypic in family Aotidae). The only nocturnal monkeys, they are native to Panama and much of tropical South America. Night monkeys constitute one of the few monkey species that are affected by the often deadly human malaria protozoan Plasmodium falciparum, making them useful as non-human primate experimental subjects in malaria research.
Owl monkey or Douroucoulis have large brown eyes; the size improves their nocturnal vision increasing their ability to be active at night. Owl monkeys lack the tapetum lucidum composed of riboflavin crystals possessed by lemurs and other strepsirrhines, which is an indication that their nocturnalitiy is a secondary adaption evolved from ancestral diurnal primates.
Owl monkey or Douroucoulis are primarily fruit eating species as fruits are easily distinguished through the use of olfactory cues. The technique used by night monkeys in insect capturing is to use the palm of the hand to flatten a prey insect against a tree branch and then proceed to consume the carcass. During the winter months or when food sources are reduced, night monkeys have also been observed foraging on flowers such as Tabebuia heptaphylla.
Owl monkey or Douroucoulis form a bond and mate with one partner. They live in small groups consisting of a pair of reproductive adults, one infant and one to two juveniles. These species exhibit mate guarding, a practice in which the male individual will protect the female he is bonded to and prevent other males from attempting to mate with her.
Owl monkeys are primarily frugivorous (fruit eating species) as fruits are easily distinguished through the use of olfactory cues, but leaf and insect consumption has also been observed in the cathemeral night monkey species.
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