Black-mantled Tamarin

AnimaliaPrimatesCallitrichidaeLeontocebusLeontocebus nigricollis
Black-mantled Tamarin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Black-mantled Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1823
  • Monkey Size: 22 to 22.6 cm (8.66 to 8.90 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador

Black-mantled Tamarin Distribution

Black-mantled Tamarin Characteristics

Black Mantled Tamarin

The black-mantled tamarin[1] is a saddleback tamarin native to northwestern Amazonia in far western Brazil, eastern Ecuador, southeastern Colombia, and northeastern Peru.

  • These South American tamarins have a black coat extending from their heads to the middle of their backs, fading to a reddish hue.
  • The feet, hands, and tail are all black. They have hairless ears and whitish fur around the snout.
  • Black-mantled tamarin that lives west of the Iquitos River differs from those that live east.
  • West of Iquitos, they have blackish-gray olive forequarters, while the lower half is blackish-olive yellow.
  • The tail length is between 356 and 361 mm, almost twice the length of the body. And the females weigh around 480g, which is 10g more than the males.

Black-Mantled Tamarin Facts

Leontocebus Nigricollis

  • Leontocebus nigricollis live in small multi-male and multi-female social groups of 4 to 12 and occupy 30 to 50 hectares.
  • Mixed-species associations have been reported between black-mantled tamarins and saddleback tamarins. Mixed-species groups are thought to be formed to help protect themselves against predators.
  • Compared to other primate species, tamarins start their daily activities late in the morning, a few minutes to an hour after sunrise.
  • They are charismatic members of pristine rainforests, making them possibly valuable for ecotourism.
  • Forest destruction is the main reason Black-mantled tamarins are marked as threatened by IUCN.

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Key References
  • [1]“UniProt”. Accessed December 11, 2022. Link.


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