and body length is 382-635 mm and tail length from 508-890 mm.
Weights average 6kg. and as much as 8 kg. for captive animals.
The fur is coarse and stringy varying in color from yellowish
gray, darker gray, reddish to dark brown to almost black above,
sides are golden yellow to rufous and the underparts are lighter,
usually whitish or yellowish. Most forms have a black face with
white eyerings while others have a flesh-colored face.
Their arms and legs are exceptionally long in relation to the
body and the tail is prehensile and very flexible which account
for their extreme agility in the trees and rarely descends to
the ground. The tail is used as a fifth arm as it swings through
the branches. A. geoffroyi is found in rain and montane
forest, seeming to prefer the small branches of the high strata
of the canopy. They are entirely diurnal and feed intensively
in the morning mainly on fruits. They also supplement their
diet with nuts, seeds, buds, flowers, leaves, insects, arachnids
When threatened they break off branches and throws them at the
intruder. Vocalizations include a terrierlike bark when approached
and a whinny like that of a horse when individuals become separated
from the group. Home ranges vary in size from 150-250 hectares
and overlap with other groups is about 10-15 percent. Females
with infants tend to stay in the core area while males utilize
the entire range. The number of individuals within a group varies
considerably. Females sometimes emigrate to another troop, but
males tend to stay with their natal group.
Estrous cycles are from 24-27 days and breeding occurs year
round. Gestation is 226-232 days with a normal litter size of
one. Females will generally have another offspring about 34.5
months later. Sexual maturity for females is reached at about
4 years and 5 years for males.
In general, they are vulnerable to hunting and habitat loss
due to human activity. They are found from S Mexico to Panama.