Biodiversity catalog

Mexican Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus
Mono araña
Mexican Spider Monkey

Species IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Projects (Locations)


A subspecies of the black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) the Mexican spider monkey similarly relies on fruits, flowers and seeds for food. These monkeys live in groups of 20-30 monkeys, and were originally found in tropical forests of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and parts of Southern Mexico. Because so much of its native habitat has been destroyed by clear cutting, logging, and conversion of jungle to agriculture and cattle ranching, the Mexican spider monkey is now a critically endangered species.