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They are endemic to the largest tropical rain forest region of Mesoamerica, Selva Maya, which encompasses over 4 million hectares of land in these three countries Estrada et al. They are the only howler monkey species on the Yucatan peninsula, and are found in a reduced area of the Yucatan Estrada et al. They are widespread throughout Belize. The habitat of Alouatta pigra is varied, but is typically tropical forests. They are known from lowland, deciduous, semi-deciduous forests, and evergreen forests Belize Zoo, ; Gonzalez-Kirchner, They are known from pristine tropical rainforest to riverine forests, and can be normally found at low elevations in riparian forests of less than m, although black howlers have been found at elevations higher than m Estrada et al.

In riverine habitats they usually avoid riverbank areas and inhabit inland areas Estrada et al. They prefer larger trees and usually inhabit the middle to upper canopy Gonzalez-Kirchner, Although they have a wide habitat range, A.

Alouatta pigra is one of the largest monkeys in the Americas. It averages 70 cm long, excluding the tail, which is slightly longer than its body length "Belize Zoo", It is the largest and most sexually dimorphic of the howler monkeys, with an average weight of Males have a pink scrotum, which distinguishes Alouatta pigra from Alouatta palliata Horwich, a.

Like other members of Atelidae , A. Generally, only the dominant males or other males with high social status in the troop will copulate with females.

The alpha male copulates more frequently and with more females at the peak of their cycle, which lasts two to four days Van Bell, As a result of the social standing necessary to have the privilege of mating, males often mate later in life than females Van Bell, Females seem to have reproductive success at a younger age, and, regardless of social position, copulate multiple times per cycle Van Bell, To demonstrate interest, both the male and the female flick their tongue in and out of their mouth.

Observational studies also show that females may incite mating by grabbing the hairs on a male' face. During the mating period, the pair mutually stay together for a few days and perform multiple copulations. The male usually mounts the female, holding on to her shoulders with his hands, and sometimes will use his feet to grasp as well. Generally, copulation lasts 30 seconds to one minute Horwich, b.

Horwich, b ; Van Bell, Sexual maturity is reached at the age of four years old "Belize Zoo", However, males from 3 to 4 months of age already have a pale pink pigmented scrotum with descended testes Horwich, a. Researchers have been unable to detect any visual indications of the female estrus cycle in Alouatta , and there has not been much research on reproductive behavior and biology in general.

Most research on reproduction is based on hormones collected from fecal matter in conjunction with information about the ages of individuals from which the fecal samples were collected Van Bell, The female estrus cycle lasts from 11 to 24 days, peak time for conception lasts 2 to 4 days Van Bell, There are slightly fewer births when new leaves and fruits emerge Van Bell, Pregnancy lasts about days. Crockett and Rudran, ; Kitchen, et al. Mexican black howler monkeys have single births "Belize Zoo", Females care for their young for 12 months after birth, providing direct care and protection from predators and adult males.

Parenting is an individual role, as other members of the troop normally do not help raise offspring. However, as their young grow past the neonatal and infant stage, they are accorded a much greater range of freedom. The average lifespan of Mexican black howler monkeys is 20 years "Primate Info Net", Mexican black howler monkeys live in groups of 4 to 11 individuals Estrada, ; Gonzalez-Kirchner, Adults make up about two thirds of a group, and the sex ratio is almost equal, about , although these numbers can vary quite widely Estrada et al.

Groups are more terrestrial than those of other howler monkeys. Behie and Pavelka, ; Estrada, et al. Occasional lone males have been recorded Estrada et al. These solitary males generally are trying to start their own groups although they have also been found to usurp alpha males from already established groups and can be used as indications of nascent groups.

Groups that are recently formed are generally much smaller than longer-established groups Gonzalez-Kirchner, Estrada, et al. Generally, Mexican black howler monkeys have densities that range from 6. Current research focuses on which factors, including social considerations, their inactive lifestyle, or intragroup food competition, limit group size. It is not clear, however, if it is small group size that causes high rates of infanticide, or vice versa. Mexican black howler monkeys uses arboreal quadrupedalism as their main mode of locomotion Fleagle, Fleagle, The size of the territories is dependent on the number of monkeys in the group.

Territory sizes are from 3 to 25 acres and are announced by howling vocalizations. Mexican black howler monkeys announce and defend group territories through howling vocalizations "Belize Zoo", The energy used in howling is still less, and the risk smaller, than in physical confrontation. The howls of females are aurally different from those of males, but they also participate in group howling.

Mexican black howler monkey diet is varied. They are strict herbivores, consuming many plant parts, including flowers, fruits, and leaves "Belize Zoo", All Alouatta species are highly folivorous.

Alouatta pigra is one of the more frugivorous species in this genus. This allows them to have a flexible, adaptable diet that can adjust in cases of habitat change. Mexican black howler monkeys can howl to frighten away predators or alert others of a predator's presence. The greatest predatory threat to young black howlers is infanticide by adult males.

Otherwise, there are few natural predators for Mexican black howler monkeys. Kitchen, et al. Mexican black howler monkeys are often found living in close conjunction with Ateles geoffroyi and other spider monkeys Estrada et al. They are also important for the role they play in seed dispersal Van Bell, Their frugivorous diet has helped disperse the seeds of some rainforest plants. Although they do not shy away from human contact and their presence is quite obvious due to their howling, Mexican black howler monkeys rarely interfere with human crops.

Mexican black howler monkeys are important members of the ecosystems in which they live. Their howling is a unique element of their Mesoamerican forests and their presence can attract ecotourism. Mexican black howler monkeys occasionally raid crops, although this behavior is rare Estrada, Estrada, Mexican black howler monkeys are endangered by hunting and habitat destruction. The forests in which they live and feed are often converted into pastures or agricultural plots.

Human influence as a whole is causing significant fragmentation of A. Other factors resulting in declining populations are: disease, abnormal rainfall, human capture for pets, and natural disasters such as hurricanes Gonzalez-Kirchner, In areas affected negatively by humans, Mexican black howler populations become smaller both in numbers and in area Gonzalez-Kirchner, They have been listed by the IUCN as an endangered species since The U.

Fish and Wildlife Service lists Alouatta pigra as a threatened species. Primates from this region have been hunted and captured as pets, causing their populations to decline further Estrada et al. Cuaron, et al. Alouatta pigra is commonly known as Mexican black howler monkeys, Guatemalan howler monkeys, and saraguatos. In birds, naked and helpless after hatching. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.

Ecotourism implies that there are existing programs that profit from the appreciation of natural areas or animals. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities.

Convergent in birds. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes.

Epiphytes and climbing plants are also abundant. Precipitation is typically not limiting, but may be somewhat seasonal. Referring to something living or located adjacent to a waterbody usually, but not always, a river or stream.

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They are endemic to the largest tropical rain forest region of Mesoamerica, Selva Maya, which encompasses over 4 million hectares of land in these three countries Estrada et al. They are the only howler monkey species on the Yucatan peninsula, and are found in a reduced area of the Yucatan Estrada et al. They are widespread throughout Belize. The habitat of Alouatta pigra is varied, but is typically tropical forests. They are known from lowland, deciduous, semi-deciduous forests, and evergreen forests Belize Zoo, ; Gonzalez-Kirchner, They are known from pristine tropical rainforest to riverine forests, and can be normally found at low elevations in riparian forests of less than m, although black howlers have been found at elevations higher than m Estrada et al.

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