Weid's Marmoset

Weid's Marmoset

Weid's Marmoset
Callithrix kuhlii


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Primates
FAMILY
Callithichidae

Range

East-central Brazil


Habitat

Forests; often near cacao plantations


Diet

Fruits, insects, gums, spiders, and small vertebrates

Weight

6 - 8 oz.

Body

8 - 8.5 in.

Tail

11 - 12 in.

Gestation

About 4.5 months

Young

Avg. 2

IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Facts

  • Also known as Wied’s black-tufted-ear marmoset
  • Black ear tufts, white forehead with light facial hair. The back and tail are banded.
  • Diurnal and arboreal; sleeping at night in tree holes or other shelter.
  • When threatening a human, these marmosets put their ear tufts forward and fluff up their fur to make themselves look larger. They also make a rapid and continuous vocalization. High-pitched whistle is a warning signal.
  • Quadrupedal; they run and hop in trees and bushes and are capable of leaping. Movements are quick and jerky.
  • Specialized short lower canines are used to perforate tree bark, inducing the flow of gums and sap.
  • Thumb is not opposable

 

Conservation

Their main threat is habitat loss and fragmentation. They are also hunted for pets.

CITES Appendix II

Near Threatened
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