Information About Spider Monkey

In this publication, you can find information about the Spider Monkey.
Information About Spider Monkey 

In this publication, you can find information about the Spider Monkey.


Black spider monkey


Ateles paniscus






It is a mammal with a body length of 40-50 cm, a long prehensile tail 60-85 cm and a weight of 6-10 kg.


It lives in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, primarily Suriname and Brazil.


It feeds almost exclusively on fruit, but may also eat leaves if it is not available. Due to its diverse diet, it needs a wide variety of fruit trees and chooses fruits at different stages of maturity so as not to compete with other fruit eaters.


After a gestation period of about 7 1/2 months, a calf is usually born.


Ateles paniscus is known as one of the most agile primitive apes in the New World. This platyrrhine monkey moves between branches with great agility using its 5 long limbs, which allows it to have a better grip (we show the tail as the fifth limb because it is strong, long, grippy and equipped with fingertips). It is also very agile on the ground: it can run in both bipedal and quadrupedal positions.

Unlike many other primates, spider monkeys do not have thumbs. It was inherited, but has shrunk in size over the course of evolution and is now completely atrophied due to disuse.

The tail, in addition to bearing the full weight of the monkey while its limbs are busy manipulating food, has a fundamental task during feeding: it can reach fruit that the hands cannot reach. This sense of touch, which they wrap on branches not only to collect fruit but also to swing in the space, is longer than the body and has no hair on the tip. On the underside of the tail is a palm-sized area of bare skin that actually acts as a fingerprint and helps the animal hold on tighter.

Spider monkeys are social and gather in groups of 2 to 3 dozen individuals.

Ateles paniscus is called the "spider monkey" because of the disproportionate length of its limbs, but also because its tail looks like an additional limb giving it the appearance of an almost giant insect.

It is considered vulnerable due to its conservation status, forest degradation and slow reproductive rate (a female gives birth to an offspring every 3 or 4 years).

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