No difference. Or semantic differences, depending on choice. Or tailless monkeys are apes and those with tails are not. It is mostly semantics and popular usage.
Monkeys and apes are the same species the way that dogs and wolves are the same species-the genetic difference is negligible. They are both primates. However, monkeys are the slightly “less evolved” side of the species, and the way to tell a monkey from an ape is that monkeys will have tails, while apes will not. Monkeys also prefer to walk on all four of their feet because their musculo-skeletal structure is more like a quadraped, while apes are equally comfortable on two or four legs.
Monkeys and apes are certainly not the same species; even monkeys and monkeys are not the same species – there are over 200 different species. Dogs and wolves are indeed the same species, more or less – their relationship is vastly different from the relationship between the many apes and the many monkeys.
You are right, my mistake. While they still have very little in the way of genetic difference, monkeys and apes are of the same order, not the same species.
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