The Black Spider Monkey

The Black Spider Monkey, or Ateles paniscus, is an endangered species that lives in eastern South America in areas north of the Amazon River.  They live in forest habitats and eat mainly fruits and seeds.  The black spider monkey is an essential part of the tropical rainforest ecosystem. They play a key role in seed dispersal, allowing their forest environment to continue to grow and thrive.  The destruction of tropical rainforests and threats from hunting pose the greatest challenge to the black spider monkey’s survival. Because they prefer mature tropical forests and seldom venture into disturbed habitats, these monkeys are especially vulnerable to the effects of forest fragmentation.

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