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The 264 known extant monkey species represent two of the three groupings of simian primates (the third group being the 21 species of apes). Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent and, unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails.

Monkeys range in size from the Pygmy Marmoset, at 140 to 160 millimetres (5–6 in) long (plus tail) and 120 to 140 grams (4–5 oz) in weight, to the male Mandrill, almost 1 metre (3.3 ft) long and weighing 35 kilograms (77 lb). Some are arboreal (living in trees) while others live on the savanna; diets differ among the various species but may contain any of the following: fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, eggs and small animals.

Monkey Overview

Overview of Monkeys
Monkeys are very intelligent and highly adaptable. There are more than 125 species of monkey. Monkeys are classified into two distinct groups, Old World Monkeys and New World Monkeys.

Monkeys that are found in Africa, Asia, Japan and India are considered Old World Monkeys. Monkeys found in Mexico, Central America, and South America are New World Monkeys.

Old World Monkeys have nostrils that are close to each other and point downward. Old World Monkey tails are not prehensile, in fact some Old World Monkeys do not even have tails. Old World Monkeys have 32 teeth and cheek pouches.

New World Monkeys nostrils set wide apart on a flat nose and point outward. New World Monkeys are arboreal and have prehensile tails. New World Monkeys have 36 teeth and no cheek pouches.

Monkeys are social animals that live in groups called troops. Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate. Monkey’s have a highly organized social order with a hierarchy.

A monkey’s habitat ranges from grasslands, rain forest, islands, mountains, savannas, forests, high plains and scrub-land. Monkeys have a varied diet including fruit, grass, leaves, eggs and bugs.

A monkey grinning or pulling their lips are signs of aggression. A monkey shows affection by grooming. Monkeys spend hours each day grooming.

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