Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Lisa M. Paciulli & Adam M. Isaak
Cebid refers to Cebidae, a family of New World monkeys distributed throughout Latin America. The family consists of three extant (living) sub-families and eight genera that have been in South America since the Oligocene (about 3 million years ago). Cebids have long hairy tails used for counterbalance. Some species have semiprehensile tails, which are hairless on the bottom tip and can be used as a fifth limb. The first subfamily, Aotinae, includes one genus, Aotus . The common name for this genus is owl monkey, night monkey, or douracouli. The name owl monkey comes from the low, owl-like hoots that the monkeys make, possibly to attract mates and/or maintain contact during nighttime foraging. Owl monkeys are the only The ...