Black Tailed Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico melanurus
Black-tailed Marmoset
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Black-tailed Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1812
  • Monkey Size: 18 to 28 cm (7.1 to 11.02 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Dark brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay

Black-tailed Marmoset Distribution

Black-Tailed Marmoset Characteristics

Black Tailed Marmoset

The black-tailed marmoset[1] is a New-World monkey species native to central South America. It is distributed from south-central Amazonia in Brazil to the Chaco far north of Paraguay. This marmoset is dark brown in color with lighter foreparts and a black tail. Unlike many relatives, it has a distinctive yellow-white or white stripe running down its thigh. Its ears are bare, flesh-colored, and stand out against the fur.

Black-Tailed Marmoset Facts

Mico Melanurus

  • Black-tailed marmosets are arboreal and diurnal, using their claws for tree climbing. These south American primates spend the night in tree hollows or very dense vegetation.
  • They live together in small groups, marking their territory with scent glands and repelling intruders with cries or facial expressions that include guarded lips and lowered eyebrows.
  • Their diet consists primarily of tree sap. But, to a lesser extent, they feed on insects, bird eggs, fruit, and small vertebrates.
  • As with many Callitrichians, the father and other group members are involved in rearing the offspring.
  • It’s the southernmost member of the Mico genus and the only species with most of its range outside the Amazon.

Suggested Reading: Large Monkey Species

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Key References
  • [1]“ITIS – Report: Mico melanurus”. Accessed August 11, 2022. Link.


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