- 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 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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