Black Spider Monkey Male Skull measures 4.5 in. Black Spider Monkey Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences Specimen. Scientific name is Simia paniscus. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

Black Spider monkey or Simia paniscus are the largest New World monkeys; black-headed spider monkeys, the largest spider monkey, have an average weight of 24 lb. for males and 21.3 lb. for females. Disproportionately long, spindly limbs inspired the spider monkey’s common name. Their deftly prehensile tails, which may be up to 35 in. long, have very flexible, hairless tips and skin grooves similar to fingerprints. This adaptation to their strictly arboreal lifestyle serves as a fifth hand.

When the monkey walks, its arms practically drag on the ground. Unlike many monkeys, they do not use their arms for balance when walking, instead relying on their tails. The hands are long, narrow and hook-like, and have reduced or non-existent thumbs. The fingers are elongated and recurved.

Black Spider monkey or Simia paniscus hair is coarse, ranging in color from ruddy gold to brown and black, or white in a rare number of specimens. The hands and feet are usually black. Heads are small with hairless faces. The nostrils are very far apart, which is a distinguishing feature of Black spider monkeys.

The Black Spider monkey or Simia paniscus diets of consist of about 70 to 85 percent of fruits and nuts. They can live for long periods on only one or two kinds of fruits and nuts. They eat the fruits of many big forest trees and swallow fruits whole. Studies show the diet of Spider monkeys or Simia paniscus changes their reproductive, social, and physical behavioral patterns. Most feeding happens from dawn to 10 am. Afterward, the adults rest while the young play.

They have a unique way of getting food: a lead female is generally responsible for finding food sources. If she cannot find enough food for the group, it splits into smaller groups that forage separately.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 in
Spider Monkey Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Atelidae
Subfamily: Atelinae
Genus: Ateles
Type species: Simia paniscus


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