Capuchin monkeys are named after their apparent resemblance to the Capuchin monks.
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The Tufted Capuchin, also called Black-capped or Brown, is native to forests of the Amazon. They live in groups of a dozen led by a dominant male.
Known for their intelligence, they have been seen fishing using fruit as bait and crack nuts open with a large stones. They also use crushed millipedes on their fur as a mosquito repellent.
The Black-capped Capuchin is unfortunately named since most Capuchins have black caps.
In addition to their use of tools in the wild (they are also said to throw rocks at predators such as jaguars), they cooperate with one another and are said to have a sense of fairness.
They have a basic communication system of sounds and gestures. They will also cooperate with other capuchin/monkey species, although they defend their territories.
In 2011 the "Cebus" genus of capuchins was split into the "gracile" species, retaining "Cebus" and the robust species, moving to "Sapajus". The Black-capped/Tufted Capuchin is in the latter group.