Emilia's Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico emiliae
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Emilia’s Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1920
  • Monkey Size: 21.6 to 21.6 cm (8.5 to 8.5 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Emilia’s Marmoset Distribution

Emilia’s Marmoset Characteristics

The Emilian marmoset[1], also called the Snethlage’s marmoset, is a marmoset native to Brazil.

  • It is only found in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Pará. Emilia’s marmoset is a mostly white-haired primate with a gray back. Often, their posture gives the impression of a hunchback.
  • Their pink faces and snouts are covered in light-colored hair, and they have large brown eyes. Their pointy ears are incredibly recognizable, as they sometimes stick out of their fur.
  • These marmosets are small monkeys adapted to climbing logs and climbing thin branches. Marmosets have claws on all fingers and toes except for the big toes.
  • These claws are mainly used for climbing. Marmosets have much longer tails than the rest of their bodies.
  • Although these tails are not prehensile, they can be used for balance when crossing trees.

Emilia’s Marmoset Facts

  • The species is named after Emilie Snethlage, a German-born Brazilian ornithologist.
  • Marmosets are arboreal and diurnal. They prefer to spend most of their time high in the rainforest’s upper canopy.
  • All “true” marmosets are characterized by solid and thick incisors in their lower jaws that allow the monkeys to punch holes in tree bark and eat the tree sap within.
  • The dominance hierarchy is determined by age rather than gender, strength, or family relationships.
  • Common Emilian marmoset facial expressions include open-mouth staring, indicating the monkey wants to play.

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Key References
  • [1]“The Southernmost Record of Mico emiliae (Thomas, 1920) for the State of Mato Grosso, Northern Brazil”. Accessed December 13, 2022. Link.


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