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Ateles belzebuth (white-bellied spider monkey)

Synonyms: Ateles bartlettii; Ateles braccatus; Ateles chuva; Ateles fuliginosus; Ateles variegatus; Cebus brissonii

Wikipedia Abstract

The white-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth), also known as the white-fronted or long-haired spider monkey, is an endangered species of spider monkey, a type of New World monkey. It is found in the north-western Amazon in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil, ranging as far south as the lower Ucayali River and as far east as the Branco River. In the past, the Peruvian, brown and white-cheeked spider monkeys have been treated as subspecies of A. belzebuth. As presently defined, the white-bellied spider monkey is monotypic. It has a whitish belly and a pale patch on the forehead, which, despite its common name, often is orange-buff. They live in groups of 20 to 40 individuals, splitting into small parties of 1 to 9 when in activity.
View Wikipedia Record: Ateles belzebuth

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ateles belzebuth

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 6.9
EDGE Score: 4.15


Adult Weight [2]  16.61 lbs (7.54 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  4 years
Male Maturity [2]  5 years
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  60 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  10 %
Diet - Plants [3]  10 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  10 %
Diet - Vertibrates [3]  10 %
Forages - Arboreal [3]  100 %
Arboreal [1]  Yes
Emoji [4]  monkey
Gestation [2]  6 months 4 days
Litter Size [2]  1
Litters / Year [2]  0
Maximum Longevity [2]  37 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Caqueta moist forests Brazil, Columbia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Eastern Cordillera real montane forests Ecuador, Colombia, Peru Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Iquitos varzea Brazil, Peru, Bolivia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Japurá-Solimoes-Negro moist forests Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Monte Alegre varzea Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Napo moist forests Colombia, Venezuela, Peru Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Negro-Branco moist forests Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Purus varzea Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Rio Negro campinarana Brazil, Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Solimões-Japurá moist forest Brazil, Colombia, Peru Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Ucayali moist forests Peru Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve VI 921676 Ecuador  
Maracá Ecological Reserve Ia 257554 Roraima, Brazil  
Otishi National Park 760925 Peru  
Reserva de la Biosfera de Yasuni Biosphere Reserve 4156313 Ecuador  
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (incl. Tayrona NP) National Park II 1031303 Colombia  
Yanomami Indigenous Area 23882673 Brazil      

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No

Prey / Diet

Astrocaryum chambira (Chambira palm)[5]
Ficus americana (Jamaican cherry fig)[6]
Ficus crassinervia (jaguey blanco)[6]
Ficus insipida[6]
Oenocarpus bataua var. bataua[5]
Virola flexuosa[7]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aburria cumanensis (Blue-throated Piping-guan)1
Aburria pipile (Trinidad piping guan)1
Alouatta palliata (mantled howler monkey)1
Alouatta seniculus (red howler monkey)3
Ara ambiguus (Great Green Macaw)1
Ara macao (Scarlet Macaw)1
Aratinga pertinax (Brown-throated Parakeet)1
Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaican fruit-eating bat)2
Artibeus lituratus (great fruit-eating bat)2
Artibeus obscurus (dark fruit-eating bat)1
Ateles chamek (Chamek spider monkey)1
Ateles geoffroyi (Central American spider monkey)1
Ateles paniscus (black spider monkey)1
Baryphthengus martii (Rufous Motmot)1
Bassaricyon gabbii (Olingo)2
Brotogeris jugularis (Orange-chinned Parakeet)1
Carollia brevicauda (silky short-tailed bat)1
Cebus albifrons (white-fronted capuchin)2
Cebus capucinus (white-faced capuchin)1
Chamaepetes goudotii (Sickle-winged Guan)1
Chiroderma villosum (hairy big-eyed bat)3
Dermanura phaeotis (pygmy fruit-eating bat)2
Forpus passerinus (Green-rumped Parrotlet)1
Geotrygon montana (Ruddy Quail-Dove)1
Lagothrix lagothricha (Humboldt's woolly monkey)5
Nasua narica (White-nosed Coati)1
Nasua nasua (South American Coati)2
Ortalis ruficauda (Rufous-vented Chachalaca)1
Pheucticus ludovicianus (Rose-breasted Grosbeak)1
Pipra pipra (White-crowned Manakin)1
Platyrrhinus helleri (Heller's broad-nosed bat)2
Plecturocebus moloch (red-bellied titi monkey)1
Potos flavus (Kinkajou)2
Pteroglossus azara (Ivory-billed Aracari)1
Pteroglossus pluricinctus (Many-banded Aracari)1
Ramphastos tucanus (White-throated Toucan)2
Ramphastos vitellinus (Channel-billed Toucan)1
Saimiri sciureus (South American squirrel monkey)2
Sapajus apella (brown capuchin)4
Selenidera reinwardtii (Golden-collared Toucanet)1
Steatornis caripensis (Oilbird)1
Tachyphonus surinamus (Fulvous-crested Tanager)1
Tapirella bairdii (Baird's tapir)1
Tapirus terrestris (South American tapir)2
Uroderma bilobatum (tent-making bat)3
Vampyressa pusilla (little yellow-eared bat)1
Vampyriscus nymphaea (striped yellow-eared bat)2
Vampyrodes caraccioli (great stripe-faced bat)2

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dept. of National Zoological Gardens
Dusit (Bangkok) Zoological Parkbelzebuth
Fundacion Zoológica del Ecuador
Fundacion Zoologico Santacruzbelzebuth
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
Parque Zoologico Huachipa
Parque Zoologico Quinzinho de Barros
Parque Zoologico Santa Fe
Wellington Zoo Trust
Zoo of Acadianabelzebuth

Range Map

South America;



Attributes / relations provided by
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3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Emoji by Twitter is licensed under CC BY 4.0
5Foods and Feeding Behavior of Wild Black-capped Capuchin (Cebus apella), KOSEI IZAWA, PRIMATES, 20(1): 57-76, January 1979
6"Fig-eating by vertebrate frugivores: a global review", MIKE SHANAHAN, SAMSON SO, STEPHEN G. COMPTON and RICHARD CORLETT, Biol. Rev. (2001), 76, pp. 529–572
7Holbrook, KM, and BA Loiselle. 2009. Dispersal in a neotropical tree, Virola flexuosa (Myristicaceae): Does hunting of large vertebrates limit seed removal? Ecology 90: 1449–1455
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
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