Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest living monkey

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.

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

Key Facts

Fruits, buds, insects, and sap.
Life Span:
6 - 9 years wild | 15 years captivity
Amazon Basin.
Did you know?
They are also known as the Little Lion, and the Dwarf Monkey.

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