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Spider Monkeys

Spider Monkeys are New World monkeys.

Spider Monkey Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Atelidae
Genus: Ateles

Spider Monkey in Foreign Languages:

Scimmia Ragno
Japanese: Kumozaru

Conservation Status: The conservation status of spider monkeys varies from species to species. Some species of Spider monkeys are listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable.

Species: There are a number of species of spider monkeys.

Spider Monkey Species Include:

Red-faced Spider Monkey - Ateles Paniscus
White-fronted Spider Monkey - Ateles Belzebuth
Peruvian Spider Monkey - Ateles Chamek
Brown Spider Monkey - Ateles Hybridus
White-cheeked Spider Monkey - Ateles Marginatus
Black-headed Spider Monkey - Ateles Fusciceps
Brown-headed Spider Monkey - Ateles Fusciceps Fusciceps
Colombian Spider Monkey - Ateles Fusciceps Rufiventris
Geoffroy's Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi
Yucatan Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi Yucatanensis
Mexican Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi Vellerosus
Nicaraguan Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi Geoffroyi
Ornate Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi Ornatus
Hooded Spider Monkey - Ateles Geoffroyi Grisescens

Size: Spider monkeys measure 14 to 26 inches long and weigh between 14-26 lbs. Black-headed Spider Monkeys are the largest of the spider monkey species.

Habitat: Spider monkeys reside in Mexico, Central and South America. They are found in the tropical rain forests, semi deciduous and mangrove forests.

Description: Spider monkeys are long and thin. Spider monkeys have long, prehensile tails that can measure up to 3 feet in length. Spider monkeys have long arms, and thumbless hands. Spider monkeys are covered with fur that is coarse and may be brown, reddish-brown, reddish, black, gray, or a ruddy gold. A spider monkeys hands and feet are usually black. Spider monkeys have small heads that do not have hair.

Behavior: Spider monkeys are diurnal. Spider monkeys are seed dispersers. Spider monkeys are territorial and spend the majority of their time in the tree tops, rarely coming down to the ground.

Diet: Spider monkey exist primarily on fruit and nuts. They will also eat leaves, spiders, and bird eggs.

Communication: Spider monkeys use vocalizations and body language to communicate. Spider monkeys have been witnessed screaming, barking and even throwing branches to show displeasure.

Did You Know?

A variety of calls variety that spider monkeys make are audible for miles.

Gestation: Spider monkeys carry their young for 226-232 days.

Birth: The newborn spider monkey is completely dependent on it's mother for the first 10 weeks. It will cling to its mother, riding on her back at that time. Mother spider monkeys are relegated with the task of caring for the young.

Sexually Mature: Female spider monkeys give birth every 4-5 years.

Life Span: Spider monkeys have an average life span of 22 years in the wild.

Did You Know?
A spider monkey's tail is tactile and works almost like a 5th hand would.

Social Structure: Spider monkeys gather in troops of 20-40 members, but will often break into smaller groups of 2-8 members.

Athleticism: Spider monkeys are highly agile.

Spider Monkey

Conservation Status: Threatened / Endangered

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