|Central American Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi [ah tell' Ez
jef' roy I] (aka Black-Handed Spider Monkey)
Like other spider monkeys, the
Central American spider monkey has extremely long
limbs and tail with respect to overall body
length, which ranges from 30 to 60 inches. The
upper fur is black, brown or reddish, the face is
often marked with a pale mask of unpigmented skin
around the eyes and muzzle, the arms and feet are
dark, and the underparts white, pale brown,
reddish or buff.
The Central American spider
monkey is found along both coasts of Mexico, from
Tamaulipas in the northeast and Jalisco in the
southwest, and into northwestern Colombia. It
lives in mature rain forest and montane forest.
Breeding takes place
year-round, with females giving birth to one
offspring every two to four years. Females reach
sexual maturity at about four years, males at
about five years.
Habits and Behaviors
Central American spider monkeys
are quite social and generally associate in
troops numbering from 30 to 100 individuals. The
larger troops usually split into smaller
subgroups to forage, however, coming together
into large troops only for a few weeks out of the
year. Group size tends to vary with habitat type
and the availability of food.
Spider monkeys are almost completely arboreal,
spending most of their lives in the top of the
tree canopy. Among the most agile of the
primates, they walk along the upper surfaces of
branches as easily as most humans walk along an
even sidewalk and are able to pick things up with
Most feeding takes place during the early
morning, with the remainder of the day
"devoted" to rest.
The diet consists primarily of ripe fruit,
complemented by leaves and flowers, along with
some nuts, seeds, insects, arachnids, and eggs.
Genus and Species Ateles geoffroyi
Animal Diversity Web http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Ateles_geoffroyi/
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