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Callitrichidae - marmosets, tamarins

marmosetThere are about 42 species of small primates in this family. Marmosets and tamarins are found in Central and South America. They have rounded heads and front-facing eyes. Most species are covered in soft fur, except for on their faces. They have long, furred, non-prehensile tails and most species have tufts of fur on their heads. Most primates have flat nails on their fingers and toes, but marmosets and tamarins have sharp, down-turning claws, except for on their big toes. These claws help them cling to bark as they climb around in trees! Females in this family usually have 1-3 babies a year. The babies are carried on their parents' backs. Marmosets and tamarins live in family groups and are active in the day and at night. They spend most of their time in trees. Most of their diet is made up of insects, but they may also eat birds, sap, fruits, and seeds.

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  Geoffroy's Tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix geoffroyi Least Concern

Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Black-crowned Dwarf Marmoset - Callibella humilis Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii Vulnerable South America
Buffy-tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix aurita Vulnerable South America
Buffy-headed Marmoset - Callithrix flaviceps Endangered South America
Geoffroy's Tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix geoffroyi Least Concern North America South America
White-tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix jacchus Least Concern South America
Wied's Black-tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix kuhlii Near Threatened South America
Black-tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix penicillata Least Concern South America
Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea Least Concern South America
Black-faced Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus caissara Critically Endangered South America
Golden-headed Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysomelas Endangered South America
Golden-rumped Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysopygus Endangered South America
Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia Endangered South America
Rio Acarí Marmoset - Mico acariensis South America
Silvery Marmoset - Mico argentatus Least Concern South America
Golden-white Tassel-ear Marmoset - Mico chrysoleucus South America
Snethlage's Marmoset - Mico emiliae South America
Black And White Tassel-ear Marmoset - Mico humeralifer South America
Aripuanã Marmoset - Mico intermedius Least Concern South America
Golden-white Bare-ear Marmoset - Mico leucippe Vulnerable South America
Manicoré Marmoset - Mico manicorensis Least Concern South America

  Marca's Marmoset - Mico marcai South America
Maués Marmoset - Mico mauesi Least Concern South America
Black-tailed Marmoset - Mico melanurus Least Concern South America
Black-headed Marmoset - Mico nigriceps South America
Rondon's Marmoset - Mico rondoni Vulnerable South America
Sateré Marmoset - Mico saterei Least Concern South America
Brazilian Bare-faced Tamarin - Saguinus bicolor Endangered South America
Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus fuscicollis Least Concern South America
Geoffroy's Tamarin - Saguinus geoffroyi Least Concern South America
Emperor Tamarin - Saguinus imperator Least Concern South America
Mottled-face Tamarin - Saguinus inustus Least Concern South America
Red-chested Mustached Tamarin - Saguinus labiatus Least Concern South America
Silvery-brown Tamarin - Saguinus leucopus Endangered South America
Martin's Bare-face Tamarin - Saguinus martinsi Least Concern South America
White Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus melanoleucus Least Concern South America
Yellow-handed Tamarin - Saguinus midas Least Concern South America
Moustached Tamarin - Saguinus mystax Least Concern South America
Black-handed Tamarin - Saguinus niger Vulnerable South America
Black Mantle Tamarin - Saguinus nigricollis Least Concern South America
Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus Critically Endangered South America
Golden-mantle Saddleback Tamarin-Saguinus tripartitus Near Threatened South America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Black And White Tassel-ear Marmoset - Mico humeralifer Photos Video South America
The black and white tassel-ear marmoset is found in north-central Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crowned Dwarf Marmoset - Callibella humilis profile Vulnerable South America
The black-crowned dwarf marmoset is restricted to a very small range in the Amazon rainforest in central Brazil. It is also known as the Roosmalen’s dwarf marmoset.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-faced Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus caissara profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The black-faced lion tamarin is found in the states of Paraná and São Paulo in Brazil
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-faced Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus caissara profile Critically Endangered South America
The black-faced lion tamarin was first identified in 1990.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brazilian Bare-faced Tamarin - Saguinus bicolor profile Photos Endangered South America
The Brazilian Bare-faced tamarin has thick white fur on its upper half and brown fur on its lower half, legs and tail. It has a black face with no fur.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Buffy-headed Marmoset - Callithrix flaviceps profile Photos Video Endangered South America
The buffy-headed marmoset is found in the southeastern states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Buffy-headed Marmoset - Callithrix flaviceps profile Photos Endangered South America
The buffy-headed marmoset has white tufts of hair that flare horizontally from the sides of its head.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Buffy-tufted-ear marmoset - Callithrix aurita profile Photos Vulnerable South America
The buffy-tufted-ear marmoset is found in southeastern Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus Photos Video Critically Endangered South America
The cotton-headed tamarin is found in northwestern Colombia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The cotton-headed tamarin eats insects and fruits.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The cotton-headed tamarin has a big crest of long, white hair on its head.
Source: University of Wisconsin Primate Info Net Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The cotton-headed tamarin is also known as the cotton-topped or cotton-top tamarin.
Source: Central Park Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cotton-headed Tamarin - Saguinus oedipus profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The cotton-headed tamarin lives in groups of 2-12 individuals.
Source: Brandywine Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Emperor Tamarin - Saguinus imperator Photos Least Concern South America
The emperor tamarin is found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Emperor Tamarin - Saguinus imperator profile Photos Least Concern South America
Emperor tamarins are active in the day and are very playful.
Source: BBC Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Emperor Tamarin - Saguinus imperator profile Photos Least Concern South America
Emperor tamarins are thought to have been named after the Emperor of Germany, Emperor Wilhelm II, due to their long, white moustaches.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Geoffroy's Tamarin - Saguinus geoffroyi profile Least Concern South America
Geoffroy's Tamarin is the smallest monkey in Panama.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Geoffroy's Tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix geoffroyi profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
Geoffroy's tufted-ear marmoset is found in southeastern Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Geoffroy's Tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix geoffroyi profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
Geoffroy's tufted-ear marmoset is around 8 inches in length, not including its tail. Adults are brown to black with white foreheads, cheeks, temples and throats and black ear tufts.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Video Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's monkey is found in the Amazon rainforests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's monkey is only a little larger than a squirrel.
Source: University of Wisconsin Primate Info Net Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's monkey eats fruits, insects, and small vertebrates.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
The Goeldi's monkey vocalizes in a very high pitched squeaky call as well as chirps and clicks.
Source: Brandywine Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's monkey has claws rather than nails on its fingers.
Source: Bristol Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Goeldi's monkey is black with long hair that sticks out around its head.
Source: Beardsley Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
the Goeldi’s monkey has 36 teeth, while marmosets and tamarins have only 32 teeth.
Source: Edinburgh Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Goeldi's Monkey - Callimico goeldii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
If surprised, it is reported that a Goeldi's monkey will park its infant on a branch and escape.
Source: Woodland Park Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysomelas profile Photos Endangered South America
The golden-headed lion tamarin is found in coastal Atlantic forests the state of Bahia in south-eastern Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysomelas profile Photos Endangered South America
The golden-headed lion tamarin spends almost all its time in trees.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysomelas profile Photos Endangered South America
The golden-headed lion tamarin has black fur over its entire body except for on its head and mane, where the fur is a light to deep golden color.
Source: University of Wisconsin Primate Info Net Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysomelas profile Photos Endangered South America
The golden-headed lion tamarin is a small, squirrel-sized monkey.
Source: Bristol Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-mantle Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus tripartitus Photos Video Near Threatened South America
The golden-mantle saddleback tamarin is found in Ecuador and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-mantle Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus tripartitus profile Near Threatened South America
The golden-mantle saddleback tamarin has an orange body, a black head with a white face, a patch of cream on its back, and a black tail with an orange underside.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Video Endangered South America
The golden lion tamarin is found in southeastern Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
The golden lion tamarin has long reddish-orange fur with a lion-like mane around its head.
Source: University of Wisconsin Primate Info Net Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Video Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins are 6-10 inches in length and have a 12-15 inch-long tail.
Source: Zoo Atlanta Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Video Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins usually give birth to twins.
Source: WWF Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins eat fruits, insects, and small lizards.
Source: National Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Male and female golden lion tamarins look alike.
Source: Brookfield Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins in the wild may occasionally live as long as 17 years.
Source: Philadelphia Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Baby golden lion tamarins cling to the mother for the first week or so, and then they cling to their father, except for when they are nursing.
Source: Woodland Park Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Most of the golden lion tamarin's calls are soft and faint calls, probably so they don't attract the attention of predators like eagles and hawks!
Source: Honolulu Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins spend almost all of their time in trees.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
There are fewer than 1,000 golden lion tamarins in the wild.
Source: Rainforest Alliance Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia Video Endangered South America
Golden lion tamarins are sometimes calls GLTs for short.
Source: National Geographic Kids Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Golden Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus rosalia profile Photos Endangered South America
Print out and color a golden lion tamarin.
Source: Enchanted Learning Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-rumped Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysopygus profile Photos Video Endangered South America
The golden-rumped lion tamarin is also known as the black lion tamarin.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-rumped Lion Tamarin - Leontopithecus chrysopygus profile Endangered South America
The golden-rumped lion tamarin is found in the state of São Paulo in southeastern Brazil.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-white Tassel-ear Marmoset - Mico chrysoleucus Photos South America
The golden-white tassel-ear marmoset is found in north central Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Manicoré Marmoset - Mico manicorensis Photos Least Concern South America
The Manicoré marmoset is found in Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Manicoré Marmoset - Mico manicorensis Photos Least Concern South America
The Manicoré marmoset is named after the Manicoré River. It was first identified in 2000.
Source: BBC Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Mottled-face Tamarin - Saguinus inustus Photos Least Concern South America
The mottled-face tamarin is found in Brazil and Colombia .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Video Least Concern South America
The pygmy marmoset is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia , Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Video Least Concern South America
Pygmy marmosets live in small family groups.
Source: Philadelphia Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Least Concern South America
A big part of the pygmy marmoset's diet is made up of tree sap.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Least Concern South America
The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest true monkey.
Source: National Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Least Concern South America
Pygmy marmosets are most active in the day.
Source: Bronx Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Least Concern South America
Not including its tail, the pygmy marmoset is a little over five inches in length.
Source: University of Wisconsin Primate Info Net Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Pygmy Marmoset - Cebuella pygmaea profile Photos Least Concern South America
Pygmy marmosets can leap more than 16 feet.
Source: PBS Nature Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus fuscicollis Photos Video Least Concern South America
The saddleback tamarin is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia , Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Saddleback Tamarin - Saguinus fuscicollis Photos Video Least Concern South America
The saddleback tamarin lives in family groups where only one female breeds and the rest of the group helps rear the twins.
Source: BBC Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sateré Marmoset - Mico saterei Photos Least Concern South America
The Sateré marmoset is found in Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Silvery-brown Tamarin - Saguinus leucopus profile Photos Endangered South America
The silvery-brown tamarin is found in Colombia .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Wied's Black-tufted-ear Marmoset - Callithrix kuhlii Photos Near Threatened South America
Wied's black-tufted-ear marmoset is found in southeastern Brazil in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes