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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-01-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF70-200mm 4/L
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-20 15:23
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Points: 12
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Spider Monkeys - Possesses a Tail-Fifth Hand
Spider monkeys have a prehensile tail that enables them to move from branch to branch. This tail is muscular, tactile and sometimes longer than the body. The monkey uses this tail as a fifth hand to hang from the branches, which frees the hands for food collection. Since these monkeys spend such a lot of time swinging from limb to limb, high above the jungle floor in the trees, they are called 'trapeze artists' of the animal world.

How it Got its Name
One of the interesting facts on spider monkeys are how they got their name. Spider monkeys are observed to be hanging onto separate branches of the trees with all four limbs and the tail as well. This gives the monkey a spider like appearance, which is why these monkeys are called spider monkeys.

Found mostly in black, they may even be found in colors like brown, red, golden, buff, etc. Some of the monkeys exhibit flesh colored rings around their eyes and white chin whiskers. Their fur is coarse and stringy, however, they lack underfur.

Fore and Hind Limbs
Their fore and hind limbs are quite long. The fore limbs feature hooked-shaped hands due to the absence of thumbs. But, even though they lack thumbs, they have a powerful grip on the branches they hang onto due to the hooked hands.

Forms Groups called Troops
Spider monkeys are social animals, they gather in groups of 2-3 dozen animals called troops, which at night split up to form smaller sleeping parties (of half a dozen). However, these groups often change with circumstances. Depending on the availability of ripe fruit, they split up. The less the fruit available, smaller the groups are (to look for more food). Spider monkeys have been observed to form living bridges to lessen the gap between branches, when it is too wide to leap across.

Spider Monkey's Diet
The diet of spider monkeys comprises 90% fruit and some nuts, seeds, insects like spiders and birds eggs found on tree-tops. Spider monkeys forage for their food in small groups early in the morning. These monkeys are believed to play a crucial role in spreading seeds of various plants throughout the rainforests of South America.

Female-Male Ratio in a Troop
Male and female spider monkeys look more or less the same, however, the females are slightly larger than the males. In troops females usually outnumber the males, it's usually a ratio of 2 females to one male and they are the dominant members of the group.

Reproduction and Motherhood
Females give birth every 2-3 years. The female carries the baby in her womb for 7.5 months and will carry the baby around for almost 10 months after its birth. She carries the baby first on her front and then on her back,when the baby becomes larger. The baby clings to the mother's fur and wraps his or her tail around the base of the mother's tail.

Spider monkeys can be quite noisy as they send forth a variety of loud calls that are audible for about 1000m on the ground and 2000m above the canopy. The loud screeches are used to help the troops space out in the forest and avoid unnecessary confrontations. These calls are also used to alert members of the troop to a central feeding site. Juveniles develop their long call by practice.

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Hello Bill,
fine capture of these disputing monkeys with good sharpness and beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Amazing scene Bill! Interesting photo!

Hi Bill,
A very interesting and unusual image in beautiful colours and with excellent sharpness. Informative note as well. Thank you and best wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-21 1:51]

Hi Bill,very interesting moment and a top quality capture,the details and the colors of this pic are really at the top,great pic of rare guests of TN,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-21 2:50]

Hello Bill,
Wonderful scene in this photo. Nice interaction moment. Excellent timing. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Good choice of composition too.

Hello Bill,
What a lovely composition.
Great colors and exceptional moment.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

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