The Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus paniscus) is a mammal. It is also known as the Guiana Spider Monkeyor Red-Faced Spider Monkey.
The Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey has long, black hair and a red-pinkish bare face. It has a long, prehensile tail that can grasp tree branches. It has long limbs and long fingers.
It grows to about 55 centimetres (22 inches) tall. Its tail measures 40-61 centimetres (16-24 inches) long.
The Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey is native to the rain forests of South America, particularly in northern Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and Venezuela. It prefers the upper branches of rain forest trees, and can climb and jump extremely well.
It is an omnivore, feeding on a variety of food, such as termites, leaves, flowers, berries, and fruit.
It is often seen in groups of up to 30 individuals, called bands.
The female is pregnant for 226-232 days before giving birth to one live young. The young are born with a dark face, that lightens with age.
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