Short Communication


, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 65-68

First online:

Predation of wild spider monkeys at La Macarena, Colombia

  • Ikki MatsudaAffiliated withGraduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University Email author 
  • , Kosei IzawaAffiliated withDepartment of Animal Science, Teikyo University of Science and Technology

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The killing of an adult male spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth ) by a jaguar (Panthera onca) and a predation attempt by a puma (Felis concolor) on an adult female spider monkey have been observed at the CIEM (Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas La Macarena), La Macarena, Colombia. These incidents occurred directly in front of an observer, even though it is said that predation under direct observation on any type of primate rarely occurs. On the basis of a review of the literature, and the observations reported here, we suggest that jaguars and pumas are likely to be the only significant potential predators on adult spider monkeys, probably because of their large body size.


Predation Spider monkey Jaguar Puma