How did the Spider Monkey get its name?

Oh look, here’s one now. Let’s ask. So what are you, a spider or a monkey? One or the other, you can’t have it both ways!

My name is a combination of the word spider, which is Latin for AAAAIIIIEEEEE! [Psycho music], and the word Monkey, which is a made-up word that is cute to say.

Hula Skirt Monkey would have been nice. That Carl Linnaeus sure has a lot to answer for.

Baby spider monkey learns to leap, via Zooborns.


  1. Martha in Washington says:

    This is so appropriate! My son, whose favorite animal is a monkey (any kind, not just spider ones) is getting married tomorrow (Saturday the 14th)!! Oh shoot…now I want to cry! :’)

  2. Mary (the first) says:

    Don’t cry, Martha!!

  3. Alice Shortcake says:

    Half monkey, half coconut!

  4. Aww, don’t be sad, honey. May it be a joyous occasion with a lifetime of love and happiness. *hug*

    Hula Skirt Monkey really tickles my funny bone. :)

  5. Sharon Wilson says:

    Aw, he’s cruising!

  6. Have you heard about Darwin, also known as the Ikea monkey? If you like, you can read a bit at: :-)


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