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Mexican Spider Monkey

Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus


The Mexican Spider Monkey, a subspecies (vellerosus) of A. geoffroyi, is endemic to southern Mexico and is considered to be critically endangered due to habitat loss. This monkey was once widespread in the state of Chiapas and has been reintroduced in areas of National and State Parks. These were reintroduced several years ago into the Sumidero National Park along the Grijalva River. They are about the size of a large house cat with extremely long legs and tail. They are very agile and curious and are considered one of the smartest species of the New World Monkeys. The chest and belly is white, and while the rest of the body has black fur, there is a lot of brown coloring along the rump. They have a perpetually smiling expression due to their facial coloration. Interestingly, these monkeys lack thumbs!


Forests along the Grijalva River, Sumidero National Park, Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.


They mainly feed on fruits but will also eat flowers, seeds and insects. The dry season is probably especially hard on these monkeys in this area.

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swain8 9 months ago


Tukup 10 months ago

Great series Lauren. Nice to catch him out in the open like that. Thanks for sharing.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.80, Long: -93.07

Spotted on Apr 10, 2019
Submitted on Apr 28, 2019

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