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43) Howlers are the most widely distributed of the New World monkeys. They are more commonly heard than seen. They live high in the trees, with movements assisted by a prehensile tail. All have a large space in their lower jaw with a specialized resonating chamber, which allows them to produce their characteristic roaring call. Profile of a brown howler monkey. Animal is partly hidden behind leaves.
Notes: Profile of a brown howler monkey. Animal is partly hidden behind leaves.
Scientific name: Alouatta fusca
Member of the Cebid family
There are six species of howlers found in Central and South America. All have prehensile tails and an expanded jaw.
Photo © by: Luis Claudio Marigo

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