Atelinae

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Atelinae

 

a subfamily of platyrrine monkeys of the family Cebidae. The monkeys weigh between 4 and 10 kg. The body measures from 34 to 65 cm long, and the tail length is from 55 to 90 cm. The tip of the hairless underside of the tail is covered with cutaneous ridges. The arms are usually longer than the legs; in some individuals the arms and legs are almost equal in length. The thumbs are poorly developed or absent; only monkeys of the genus Lagothrix have thumbs. The big toe is developed. The fur is long and varies in coloration.

The subfamily Atelinae comprises three genera: Ateles (spider monkeys), with four species; Brachyteles (woolly spider monkeys), with one species; and Lagothrix, with two species. The monkeys are distributed in the forests of Central and South America. They live in trees and travel by semibrachiation, hanging by their arms and tails. The animals associate in small family groups or in troops of as many as 100 individuals. They feed on fruits, nuts, insects, and the eggs of birds.

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Effects of logging, hunting, and forest fragment size on physiological stress levels of two sympatric ateline primates in Colombia.
The Abundance of Large Ateline Monkeys is Positively Associated with the Diversity of Plants Regenerating in Neotropical Forests.
Effects of seed dispersal by three ateline monkey species on seed germination at Tinigua National Park, Colombia.
Aldana, 2008, Potential effects of ateline extinction and forest fragmentation on plant diversity and composition in the Western Orinoco Basin, Colombia.
Given that large ateline primates are important seed dispersers (Andresen 1999, Stevenson 2000, Russo et al.
Given that large ateline primates play the most important roles in seed dispersal, as demonstrated in other Neotropical forests (Stevenson 2007), it is likely that seed dispersal rates at the community level would decrease in their absence.
boliviana, and Hyla pulchella (Manzano, 1996); in arboreal mammals as Ptilocercus and Tupaia (Le Gros Clark, 1924, 1926); in Macaca mulata (Howell and Strauss, 1933); in ateline monkeys (Youlatus, 2000); and in tree squirrels (Thorington, 1997).
In ateline monkeys (Youlatus, 2000) and squirrels (Thorington et al.
Effect of seed dispersal by three ateline monkey species on seed germination at Tinigua National Park, Colombia.
Diet and feeding ecology of gray wooly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha cana) in Central Amazonia: Comparisons with other atelines.