Cruz Limas Saddleback Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Leontocebus Leontocebus cruzlimai
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Cruz Lima’s Saddle-back Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1966
  • Monkey Size: 21 to 23 cm (8.1 to 9.1 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Reddish orange
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Cruz Lima’s Saddle-back Tamarin Distribution

Cruz Lima’s Saddleback Tamarin Characteristics

The Cruz Lima saddleback tamarin[1] is a species of saddleback tamarin, a small monkey native to South America.

  • Thick, dark fur covers this tiny New World Monkey‘s arms, shoulders, and torso.
  • Mother Nature painted a patch of skin on its back by interweaving orange-red strands with blotches of black hair, creating a mottled pattern called “agouti“.
  • Red-orange fur drapes the monkey’s hindquarters, and black fur adheres to its long tail that fans out toward the tip.
  • Long, narrow hands, considered an adaptation, help the saddleback tamarin reach small crevices and insects catch.

Cruz Lima’s Saddleback Tamarin Facts

  • The Cruz Lima saddleback tamarins were formerly thought to be a subspecies of the brown-mantled tamarin (Leontocebus fuscicollis).
  • The IUCN classifies it as the least concern from a conservation perspective.
  • They wake up at dawn and spend most of the day foraging in groups, swinging or jumping acrobatically from one branch to another in search of food.
  • Because of its small size, it is vulnerable to predators, especially birds of prey (like harpies), ocelots, and snakes.
  • These tamarins have also been known to sleep in tree cavities or large tree trunks’ forks at night.

Suggested Reading: All Monkey Breeds

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Key References
  • [1]“UniProt”. Accessed December 12, 2022. Link.

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