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Spider monkey

Ateles geoffroyi

Habitat: They are found in the highest strata of tropical forests. In Yucatan they have been observed in petenes.

Food: They eat tropical fruits, eventually feeding on tender leaves, flowers, invertebrates and bird eggs.

Habits: They are active during the day and spend their lives in the trees forming groups of up to 30 individuals called troops. To optimize resources and avoid competition for food, they separate into small troops. Generally the males of a troop are related, while the females are not.

It is interesting that… The spider monkey lacks a thumb and has a prehensile tail that allows it to move more easily between the branches of the trees

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