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Ateles geoffroyi (Central American spider monkey)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Geoffroy's spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), also known as the black-handed spider monkey, is a species of spider monkey, a type of New World monkey, from Central America, parts of Mexico and possibly a small portion of Colombia. There are at least five subspecies. Some primatologists classify the black-headed spider monkey (A. fusciceps), found in Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador as the same species as Geoffroy's spider monkey.
View Wikipedia Record: Ateles geoffroyi


Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis (Azuero Spider Monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi frontatus (Black-browed Spider Monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi (Geoffroy's Spider Monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi grisescens (Hooded Spider Monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi ornatus (Ornate Spider Monkey)
Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus (Mexican Spider Monkey)

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ateles geoffroyi

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.14
EDGE Score: 4.4


Arboreal [1]  Yes
Gestation [2]  7 months 22 days
Litter Size [2]  1
Litters / Year [2]  0.3
Maximum Longevity [2]  47 years
Snout to Vent Length [4]  21 inches (53 cm)
Weaning [2]  2 years 3 months
Adult Weight [2]  16.023 lbs (7.268 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  426 grams
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 %
Female Maturity [2]  5 years
Male Maturity [2]  5 years


Protected Areas

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

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

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Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Middle America; South America;

External References



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
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5Flexibility in Diets of Three Species of Costa Rican Primates, Colin Chapman, Folia primatol. 49: 90-105 (1987)
6The sugar composition of fruits in the diet of spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in tropical humid forest in Costa Rica, Pablo Riba-Hernández, Kathryn E. Stoner and Peter W. Lucas, Journal of Tropical Ecology (2003) 19:709–716
7Phenology, seed dispersal, and recruitment in Cecropia peltata (Moraceae) in Cost Rican tropical dry forest, Theodore H. Fleming and Charles F. Williams, Journal of Tropical Ecology (1990) 6:163-178
8"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
9Howe, HF, EW Schupp, and LC Westley. 1985. Early consequences of seed dispersal for a Neotropical tree (Virola surinamensis) Ecology 66:781-791
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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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