|A black-headed spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps) using its prehensile tail.|
|Genus:||Ateles E. Geoffroy, 1806|
Spider monkeys are New World monkeys, genus Ateles. They are small monkeys, well suited to living in trees. In fact, they rarely come down to the ground. These monkeys move quickly through trees by swinging and jumpinging from branch to branch.
Spider monkeys are found in rainforests in southern Mexico to the northern part of South America. Spider monkeys live in groups or bands of 10 to 40 monkeys. Every band lives in its own territory and one band of monkeys will not enter the territory of another band. Spider monkeys have one offspring per year. They live between 20 to 27 years, or more.
Diet[change | change source]
Spider monkeys eat fruit, nuts, leaves, and small vertebrate's eggs. They will eat meat as well as plants, and usually the leader female of the whole group is responsible for finding and gathering all the food for the rest of the group. When there is not enough food, they sometimes eat bark, or honey, or sometimes insects.
Physical description[change | change source]
Spider monkeys are extremely quick, and they have long, thin fingers with almost no hair at all. Unlike other monkeys, they use their tail much more than their fingers, and their tails are longer than their bodies. These tails can grasp and pick up things.
References[change | change source]
- Maurice and Robert Burton (2002). International Wildlife Encyclopedia. pp. 2477–2479. http://books.google.com/books?id=y9TsB3id66cC&pg=PA2478&dq=Spider+monkeys+and+age&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3JmBUqrHH8GSyQGR7oHIAg&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Spider%20monkeys%20and%20age&f=false.
- Blue Planet, Level 5, by Dinorah Pous