The black spider monkey—also known as the Guiana or red-faced spider monkey—is found in eastern South America in areas north of the Amazon River. They are one of seven species of spider monkeys found in Latin America and one of the largest primate species in South America


  • Spider monkeys are named such as they are often seen using all four of their limbs in addition to their tails to hang onto different branches of trees, giving them a spider-like appearance.
  • Black spider monkeys are believed to play an important role in the survival of their native rainforest ecosystem. As their diet consists primarily of fruits, nuts, and seeds, they are considered to be important in seed dispersal across the forests.
  • The black spider monkey has been classified as endangered by the IUCN.
  • The black spider monkey's scientific name is Ateles paniscus.