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Monkey (Spider)

Ateles geoffroyi
Monkey (Spider)

Range

They are found from Mexico south to Brazil.

Habitat

They live in the rainforest.

Body Traits

They have a small, rounded belly and a worried faced. They have thin arms, long, thin legs and a very long tail. They have a tail that can grasp like a hand (prehensile) and carry the weight of their whole body for a long time. They weigh about 20 pounds.

Habits

They live in trees (arboreal), sometimes 100 feet above the ground. They don't come to the ground very often, but they can walk on 2 feet. They are active during the day (diurnal).

Diet

They eat fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves and even insects or small animals.

Predators

They are eaten by birds of prey, snakes, ocelots, and jaguars.

Reproduction

Females are pregnant for 7-8 months (gestation). Babies hold on to their mothers' belly and then travel on her back until independent.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live 20-27 years in the wild. They are listed as endangered.

 

Monkey (Spider)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Family: Atelidae
Subfamily: Atelinae
Genus: Ateles
Species: Ateles geoffroyi

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