Black Tufted Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Callithrix Callithrix penicillata
black-pencilled marmoset
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: black-pencilled marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1812
  • Monkey Size: 22.86 to 27.94 cm (9.00 to 11.00 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Black-pencilled Marmoset Distribution

Black-Tufted Marmoset Characteristics

Black Tufted Marmoset

The black-tufted marmoset[1], also called the Black-pencilled marmosets or Mico-estrela in Portuguese is a type of New-World monkey. They live mainly in the neotropical gallery forests of the central Brazilian plateau.

  • Typically, black-tufted marmosets have a few sparse white facial hairs with a black or dark brown head.
  • The upper body and limbs are gray, and the rump is typically black. The underside of the marmoset is black with a gray belly.
  • The tail is ringed in black and white and non-prehensile but mainly used for balance.
  • They are distinguished by the black tufts around their ears. Black-tufted marmosets do not have opposable thumbs, and their nails resemble claws.

What Do Black-pencilled Marmosets Eat?

Callithrix Penicillata

This Brazilian primate consumes Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana), Abas (Psidium guajava), Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) and Cattley Guava (Psidium cattleianum) in the wild. [¶].

Black-Tufted Marmoset Facts

  • Typically found in Tropical Rainforests, this marmoset lives an arboreal life high in the trees but below the canopy.
  • Black-tufted marmosets are monogamous and generally live in family groups consisting of the breeding pair and their young.
  • Although these marmosets live in small family groups, they are believed to share their food source, tree sap, with other groups of marmosets.
  • Also, they appear to be migratory, sometimes moving in relation to dry or wet seasons.
  • The black-tufted marmoset’s diet primarily consists of tree sap, which it obtains by chewing the bark with its long lower incisors.

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Key References
  • [1]“Behavioral characteristics of pair bonding in the black tufted-ear marmoset ( Callithrix penicillata) – PubMed”. Accessed August 11, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – fgabriel1891/Palm-Frugivore_Interactions_Neo-AfrotropicsGenini, Julieta; Galetti, Mauro; Morellato, L. Patricia C.. 2009. Fruiting phenology of palms and trees in an Atlantic rainforest land-bridge island. Flora. 131-145
  • [¶] – Bello, C., Galetti, M., Montan, D., Pizo, M. A., Mariguela, T. C., Culot, L., Bufalo, F., Labecca, F., Pedrosa, F., Constantini, R., Emer, C., Silva, W. R., da Silva, F. R., Ovaskainen, O. and Jordano, P. (2017), Atlantic frugivory: a plant-frugivore interaction data set for the Atlantic Forest. Ecology, 98: 1729. doi:10.1002/ecy.1818. doi:10.1002/ecy.1818


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