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Ateles fusciceps (brown-headed spider monkey)

Wikipedia Abstract

The black-headed spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps) is a species of spider monkey, a type of New World monkey, from Central and South America. It is found in Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama. Although primatologists such as Colin Groves (1989) follow Kellogg and Goldman (1944) in treating A. fusciceps as a separate species, other authors, including Froelich (1991), Collins and Dubach (2001) and Nieves (2005) treat it as a subspecies of Geoffroy's spider monkey. The two subspecies are: Captive black-headed spider monkeys have been known to live more than 24 years. \n* \n*
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Ateles fusciceps fusciceps (Brown-headed Spider Monkey)
Ateles fusciceps rufiventris (Colombian Black Spider Monkey)

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ateles fusciceps

EDGE Analysis

This species is highly suspensory and is usually only found in the canopy. They are further adapted to their arboreal lifestyle by lacking a thumb, which increases the strength of their grip for climbing. Their reliance on primary forest has meant that this species has suffered greatly from continued habitat loss. Furthermore, their slow rate of reproduction makes them susceptible to hunting pressure. The brown-headed spider monkey is one of the most threatened animals in Ecuador. Two subspecies of the brown-headed spider monkey are recognised, with each living in a different area. The subspecies Ateles fusciceps fusciceps occurs in Ecuador, while the range of Ateles fusciceps rufiventris (Colombian black spider monkey) extends from south-western Colombia to eastern Panama.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.14
EDGE Score: 5.09
View EDGE Record: Ateles fusciceps


Adult Weight [2]  15.43 lbs (7.00 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  400 grams
Female Maturity [2]  4 years 1 month
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
Gestation [2]  7 months 17 days
Litter Size [2]  1
Litters / Year [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  46 years
Weaning [2]  1 year 1 month


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Amazon-Orinoco-Southern Caribbean mangroves Brazil, Columbia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela Neotropic Mangroves  
Cauca Valley dry forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Cauca Valley montane forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Chocó-Darién moist forests Colombia, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Eastern Panamanian montane forests Colombia, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub Colombia, Venezuela Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands  
Isthmian-Atlantic moist forests Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests    
Magdalena Valley montane forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Magdalena-Urabá moist forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Northwestern Andean montane forests Colombia, Ecuador Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Sinú Valley dry forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
South American Pacific mangroves Colombia, Panama, Ecuador Neotropic Mangroves    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
La Reserva de la Planada   Colombia      
Parque Nacional Fronterizo Darién National Park II 1382494 Panama  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No
Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru No


Parasitized by 
Necator americanus (hookworm)[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aalborg Zoorobustus
Apenheul Primate Parkrobustus
Banham Zoo Ltd.robustus
Barranquilla Zoo
Blackpool Zoorobustus
Chessington World of Adventures, Ltd.robustus
City of Belfast Zoorobustus
Cleveland Metroparks Zoorobustus
Colchester Zoorobustus
Curraghs Wildlife Parkrobustus
Dakota Zoorobustus
Dierenpark 'De Vleut' (Zoo Best)
Dierenpark Emmenrobustus
Drayton Manor Park Zoorobustus
Dudley Zoological Gardensrobustus
El Paso Zoo
Fota Wildlife Parkrobustus
Fundacion Zoologica de Cali
Fundacion Zoologico Santacruzrobustus
Giza Zoological Garden
Greenville Zoorobustus
Henson Robinson Zoorobustus
IAE - African Safari Wildlife Parkrobustus
Jackson Zoological Parkrobustus
Jardim Zoologico / Lisbon Zoorobustus
Johannesburg Zoological Gardensrobustus
John Ball Zoological Gardenrobustus
Kristiansand Dyrepark ASArobustus
Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunnrobustus
Miami Metrozoorobustus
Mulhouse Zoorobustus
North of England Zoological Societyrobustus
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoorobustus
Parco Zoo di Falconararobustus
Parken Zoo i Eskilstuna ABrobustus
Parque Zoologico Jaime Duque - Bogota
Potter Park Zoological Gardensrobustus
Riverside Zoorobustus
San Diego Zoorobustus
Santa Ana Zoorobustus
Scovill Zoorobustus
Sequoia Park Zoo
Singapore Zoological Gardens
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Szeged Zoorobustus
The Philadelphia Zoorobustus
Twycross Zoorobustus
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Virginia Safari Park & Preserv Ctr,Inc
Wildlife World Zoorobustus
Zoo de Doue-la-Fontaine
Zoo de la Bourbansaisrobustus
Zoo de La Flecherufiventris
Zoo de Pont-Scorff
Zoo des Sables d'Olonnerobustus
Zoo Landau in der Pfalzrobustus
Zoo Melaka
Zoo of Acadianarobustus
Zoo of Antwerprobustus
Zoo Osnabrückrobustus
Zoo Parc de Beauvalrobustus
Zoologischer Garten Wuppertalrobustus
ZooWorld Zoological Botanical Conserv.robustus

Range Map

Middle America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de 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
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
4Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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