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Ateles chamek (Chamek spider monkey)

Synonyms: Ateles ater peruvianus; Ateles longimembris

Wikipedia Abstract

The Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek) also known as the Black-faced black spider monkey, is a species of spider monkey that lives not only in Peru, but also in Brazil and Bolivia. At two feet (0.6 m) long, they are relatively large among species of monkey, and their strong, prehensile tails can be up to three feet (1 m) long. Unlike many species of monkey, they have only a vestigial thumb, an adaptation which enables them to travel using brachiation. Peruvian spider monkeys live in groups of 20-30 individuals, but these groups are rarely all together simultaneously. The size and dynamics of the resulting subgroups vary with food availability and sociobehavioral activity. They prefer to eat fleshy fruit, but will change their diet in response to scarcity of ripe fruit. Individuals of t
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ateles chamek

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 [1]  13.23 lbs (6.00 kg)
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  60 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Diet - Plants [2]  10 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  10 %
Diet - Vertibrates [2]  10 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Maximum Longevity [1]  43 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Iquitos varzea Brazil, Peru, Bolivia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Juruá-Purus moist forests Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Monte Alegre varzea Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Purus varzea Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Purus-Madeira moist forests Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Southwest Amazon moist forests Peru, Brazil, Bolivia 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
Estacion Biologica Beni Biosphere Reserve VI 335178 Bolivia  
Madidi National Park II 3194501 Bolivia  
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park II 4006523 Bolivia  
Sierra del Divisor Reserve Zone 3652986 Peru      

Prey / Diet

Ampelocera ruizii[3]
Attalea maripa[3]
Brosimum acutifolium[3]
Brosimum lactescens[3]
Clarisia racemosa[3]
Euterpe precatoria[3]
Ficus americana (Jamaican cherry fig)[3]
Ficus americana subsp. guianensis[3]
Helicostylis tomentosa[3]
Huberodendron swietenoides[3]
Pseudolmedia laevis[3]
Sapium laurifolium (hinchahuevos)[3]
Schefflera morototoni[3]
Spondias mombin (hogplum)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aburria cujubi (Red-throated Piping-guan)1
Aburria pipile (Trinidad piping guan)1
Alouatta seniculus (red howler monkey)1
Amazona amazonica (Orange-winged Amazon)1
Amazona farinosa (Mealy Parrot)2
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus (Hyacinth Macaw)1
Ara chloropterus (Red-and-green Macaw)2
Ara macao (Scarlet Macaw)2
Ara severus (Chestnut-fronted Macaw)1
Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaican fruit-eating bat)1
Ateles belzebuth (white-bellied spider monkey)1
Ateles geoffroyi (Central American spider monkey)1
Ateles paniscus (black spider monkey)1
Atelocynus microtis (Short-eared Dog)1
Brotogeris cyanoptera (Cobalt-winged Parakeet)1
Callimico goeldii (Goeldi's monkey)1
Cebuella pygmaea pygmaea (pygmy marmoset)1
Cebus albifrons (white-fronted capuchin)1
Chiroderma villosum (hairy big-eyed bat)1
Chiropotes satanas (brown-bearded saki)1
Chlorophanes spiza (Green Honeycreeper)2
Choloepus hoffmanni (Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth)1
Coereba flaveola (Bananaquit)1
Cuniculus paca (Paca)1
Cyanerpes caeruleus (Purple Honeycreeper)1
Cyanerpes cyaneus (Red-legged Honeycreeper)1
Dacnis cayana (Blue Dacnis)2
Deroptyus accipitrinus (Red-fan Parrot)1
Eira barbara (Tayra)1
Euphonia musica (Antillean Euphonia)1
Euphonia violacea (Violaceous Euphonia)1
Geotrygon montana (Ruddy Quail-Dove)1
Lagothrix lagothricha (Humboldt's woolly monkey)2
Leontocebus fuscicollis (saddlebacked tamarin)1
Leontopithecus rosalia (golden lion tamarin)1
Mionectes oleagineus (Ochre-bellied Flycatcher)1
Mitu mitu (Alagoas Curassow)1
Mitu tuberosum (Razor-billed Curassow)1
Nasua narica (White-nosed Coati)1
Nasua nasua (South American Coati)2
Ortalis erythroptera (Rufous-headed Chachalaca)1
Ortalis guttata (Speckled Chachalaca)1
Penelope jacquacu (Spix's Guan)1
Pionites leucogaster (White-bellied Parrot)1
Pionites melanocephalus (Black-headed Parrot)1
Pionus menstruus (Blue-headed Parrot)2
Pipra erythrocephala (Golden-headed Manakin)1
Pipra pipra (White-crowned Manakin)1
Pithecia albicans (buffy saki)1
Plecturocebus moloch (red-bellied titi monkey)1
Pyrrhura molinae (Green-cheeked Parakeet)1
Pyrrhura perlata (Crimson-bellied Parakeet)1
Pyrrhura rupicola (Black-capped Parakeet)1
Ramphastos vitellinus (Channel-billed Toucan)1
Ramphocelus carbo (Silver-beaked Tanager)1
Saguinus geoffroyi (Geoffroy's tamarin)1
Saguinus leucopus (silvery-brown bare-face tamarin)1
Saguinus mystax (black-chested mustached tamarin)1
Saguinus oedipus (cotton-top tamarin)1
Saimiri sciureus (South American squirrel monkey)2
Sapajus apella (brown capuchin)3
Steatornis caripensis (Oilbird)1
Tachyphonus rufus (White-lined Tanager)1
Tachyphonus surinamus (Fulvous-crested Tanager)1
Tangara gyrola (Bay-headed Tanager)2
Tangara mexicana (Turquoise Tanager)1
Tapirus terrestris (South American tapir)3
Tayassu pecari (white-lipped peccary)1
Thraupis episcopus (Blue-grey Tanager)2
Thraupis palmarum (Palm Tanager)2
Trogon violaceus (Violaceous Trogon)1
Uroderma bilobatum (tent-making bat)1
Vireo altiloquus (Black-whiskered Vireo)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo
Gladys Porter Zoo
Isle of Wight Zoo
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
Parc Zoologique de Paris (MNHN)
Parque Zoologico Huachipa
Zoo de Doue-la-Fontaine
Zoo Santo Inácio Vila Nova de Gaia

Range Map

South America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish 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
3Seasonal Variations in Diet and Foraging Behavior of Ateles chamek in a Southern Amazonian Tropical Forest, Robert B. Wallace, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 26, No. 5, October 2005, pp. 1053-1075
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