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  • Jhonny "biojo" Vargas


Updated: Feb 2, 2022

The history of albino spider monkeys

Albino Spider Monkey - Ateles hybridus

A forest near the most important river in Colombia is the scene of one of the last herds of Spider Monkeys on the planet. The ghosts roam in the canopy; they are two albino monkeys, a rare condition in nature. Apparently, the fragmented forest has isolated the group, producing crosses between members of the same family, generating a problem of depression and reduction of genetic variety.

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One day one of the males in the group went to one of the youngest, only a few weeks old, shook it, and killed it. According to scientists, this kind of infanticide is not very common. The typical pattern seen in groups of primates is the killed of infants regardless of their sex, on the other hand, in this group of spider monkeys, the eight cases of infanticide have been directed at male babies.

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