White Bellied Spider Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Atelidae Ateles Ateles belzebuth
White-bellied Spider Monkey
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: White-bellied Spider Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1806
  • Monkey Size: 34 to 59 cm (13.39 to 23.23 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black and yellow-creamy
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil

White-bellied Spider Monkey Distribution

White-Bellied Spider Monkey Characteristics

White Bellied Spider Monkey

The white-bellied spider monkey[1] (Ateles belzebuth), also called the long-haired or white-fronted spider monkey, is an endangered species of spider monkey, a species of New-World monkey.

  • It is found in the northwestern Amazon in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru, extending south to the lower Ucayali River and east to the Branco.
  • The limbs of white-bellied spider monkeys are long, muscular, and very strong. In addition, its shoulders are such that its arms can fully rotate.
  • The elbows allow the forearms to pronate, and the large carpal tendons make their wrists extremely flexible.
  • Its hands are long, thin, and thumbless. Instead, their four long fingers form a perfect hook to help them swing on branches.
  • Its torso is short. All of these characteristics perfectly match this monkey’s supportive mode of locomotion.
  • Its long, muscular tail is broad at the base, thin at the tip, and can bend, twist, and curl. It’s prehensile and tactile.
  • The underside is bare with ridges like those found on the undersides of the feet and hands. They have a narrow face with a tiny chin, narrow snout, and large sockets in which almond-shaped brown eyes are fixed.
  • The skull is round, and its ears are similar to ours. White-bellied spider monkeys, which live in lowland forests, have blackish fur on their backs and front legs and creamy-yellow fur on their abdomens; those from mountain forests have a greater variety of colors.

What Do White-bellied Spider Monkeys Eat?

What Do White Bellied Spider Monkeys Eat Rubber Plants?

The White-bellied Spider Monkey diet includes[¶]:

  • Amarillo (Guatteria punctata)
  • Rabo De Ranton (Casearia aculeata).
  • Pachiuba (Socratea exorrhiza)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Guamo (Inga acreana)
  • Cuero De Rana (Laetia procera).
  • Abiu (Pouteria caimito)
  • Breadnut (Brosimum alicastrum)
  • Caucho Rubber (Castilla ulei).
  • Trichilia (Trichilia)
  • Hinchahuevos (Sapium laurifolium)
  • Maraximbé (Trichilia tuberculata)
  • Guiana Brosimum (Brosimum guianense).
  • Chalahuite (Inga acrocephala)
  • Pacae Colorado (Inga alba).
  • American Muskwood (Guarea guidonia).
  • Hogplum (Spondias mombin)
  • Figueira-Acreana (Ficus sphenophylla)
  • Icecreambean (Inga edulis)
  • Sweetwood (Nectandra membranacea)
  • Maripa Palm (Attalea maripa).

White-Bellied Spider Monkey Facts

Ateles Belzebuth

  • These arboreal monkeys spend most of their time in the canopy. They rarely go down. When they do, they drink water, eat dirt, traverse a treeless area, or run away from an aggressive opponent.
  • In the treetops, white-bellied spider monkeys move freely between branches. They can cover large distances quickly using various modes of locomotion.
  • White-bellied spider monkeys live in groups of 6-25 individuals, sometimes more. Group size varies by area, with larger groups found in undisturbed patches of woodland.
  • Male white-bellied spider monkeys patrol the boundaries of the group’s territory to repel potential invaders and can cause serious injury if they bite by an intruder.
  • These spider monkeys also rub leaves on their bodies. The scents can be used as a natural insect repellent, but they can also signal social status and attract a mate.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys

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Key References
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