Definition of woolly spider monkey in US English:

woolly spider monkey

noun

  • A large spider monkey with long, thin limbs and tail, dense woolly fur, and a large protruding belly, native to the rainforests of southeastern Brazil.

    Brachyteles arachnoides, family Cebidae

    • ‘The Muriqui, or woolly spider monkey, is among the worlds rarest mammals, classified by IUCN as Endangered due to loss of their natural Atlantic Rainforest home.’
    • ‘Also known as muriqui, the woolly spider monkey is the largest primate in the Americas as well as one of the most endangered in the world.’
    • ‘‘I am working with local landowners to try and restore the natural habitat of the woolly spider monkey by planting more trees,’ says Dr Boubli.’
    • ‘The pelage of the woolly spider monkey is short and dense, but their limbs are long and slender.’
    • ‘The muriquis used to be called woolly spider monkeys, but that name is out of favor now, and muriqui, the monkey's Indian name, is in.’
    • ‘Prospects for the survival of the woolly spider monkey improved with the birth in November of the first baby bred in captivity.’
    • ‘Following a troop of female muriquis, or woolly spider monkeys, through the forest canopy was especially exhilarating.’
    • ‘Strier suggests that folivory is a result of seasonal fruit shortages and the woolly spider monkey needs to eat leaves to survive.’
    • ‘My field work has involved observations of the dietary behavior of various species of howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins and tamarins as well as woolly spider monkeys.’
    • ‘There are believed to be only 500 woolly spider monkeys alive today, making them in greater danger that the mountain gorilla.’
    • ‘The flagship species of this ecosystem is also the largest Neotropical primate species, the woolly spider monkey or muriqui, endemic to this ecosystem, and on the verge of extinction with critically endangered status.’
    • ‘Other endangered primates include the golden lion tamarins of Brazil, the woolly spider monkeys of Peru and the lemurs of Madagascar.’
    • ‘Her research focuses on the dietary ecology and digestive physiology of Primates, both humans and non-human, and has involved her in fieldwork with howler monkeys, woolly spider monkeys and chimpanzees as well as forest-based human societies in both the Brazilian Amazon and Papua New Guinea.’
    • ‘The woolly spider monkey, or muriqui, is the largest nonhuman primate living in the New World.’
    • ‘The monkeys on the 957-hectare Caratinga Biological Station, where Veado worked, represent about a quarter of the woolly spider monkeys living in the wild.’