Talk:Peruvian spider monkey

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According to several reliable websites such as and, as well as all the knowlegeable guides and researches in the peruvian jungles I talked to, the conservation status of this species is "Least Concern" and it's one of the most commonly encountered species of mammals in much of its range.

Also, besides Peruvian Spider Monkey, it is also very commonly referred to as Black Spider Monkey and Black-Faced Spider Monkey. Most of the official Manu National Park and Manu Wildlife Center websites as well as the peruvian travel and ecotour sites call it Black Spider Monkey, so I'm thinking it should be included in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by TomesDawg (talkcontribs)

For common names, we prefer to use the name listed in MSW3, as that is the canonical listing of mammal species taxonomy and common names. For conservation status, we use what the IUCN lists in its Red List. Common names used in particular localities can vary from group to group and individual to individual, and as such should be avoided in general. - UtherSRG (talk) 04:37, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
I have looked at the IUCN red list for this species, and oddly enough, it does list it as endengered, even though the same article mentions that it is one of the most common primates in the world, with densities reaching 80 individuals/km2 in some of its geographical range. The only reason it says it's endengered is becuase they believe as much as 50% of its population from 1996 has dissapeared due to destruction of forest. I don't think this is a realistic representation, but I guess they win... Also, I think the name "Black Spider Monkey" is unavoidable, but again, I guess the official sites (even though they are missing the most common local name) win.