Geoffreys Marmoset

Dominance is enforced by scent-marking, cuffing and eye command.


This is accentuated in the female by pheromones produced in her scent glands, which inhibit ovulation in subordinate females, preventing them from breeding as long as they remain within the group. The marmoset is a diurnal, arboreal animal meaning they spend the day roaming around territories that may be up to 5 hectares in size, and sleep at night in tree holes or other shelters. Home ranges are overlapping and although they are not defended, they are marked using scent, which is often smeared around favourite gum holes in trees.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Callitritchidae
Diet:
Plant gums and saps, nectar, fruit, insects, invertebrates and other small animals.
Life Span:
10 years wild
Distribution:
Small fragments of Atlantic rainforest in East-Central Brazil.
Did you know?
Geoffroy's marmosets will follow army ant swarms in order to catch insects exposed from their hiding spots by the ants.

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