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Tropical
Rainforest

Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest living monkey (mouse lemurs being smaller).

Pygmy marmosets are monogamous and usually give birth to twins. Adults of the pygmy marmoset weigh a mere 100 grams! They are gumivores, which mean they supplement their diet with sap, or gum, from certain forest trees. They dig a groove in the bark of a tree with specially adapted, shovel shaped incisor teeth. Then they lick out the sap.

DID YOU KNOW? They are also known as the Pocket Monkey, Little Lion, and the Dwarf Monkey. 

Current Status

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

Key Facts

Fruits, buds, insects, and sap.
Callitritchidae
6 - 9 years wild
15 years captivity
Least Concern
Amazon Basin.
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