Emperor Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus imperator
Emperor Tamarin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Emperor Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1907
  • Monkey Size: 23 to 26 cm (9 to 10 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brown, Gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Peru, Bolivia

Emperor Tamarin Distribution

Emperor Tamarin Characteristics

Emperor Tamarin

The Emperor Tamarin[1] is a species of tamarin named for its resemblance to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. It lives in the states of Acre and Amazonas, western Brazil, and the southwestern Amazon basin.

Emperor Tamarin

  • These monkeys have a body length of about 9.2 to 10.4 inches and a tail length of 14 to 16.6 inches. They are relatively light, only reaching between 10.7 and 14.2 ounces in full size.
  • Emperors” are mostly gray in body, with a mixture of fine yellow hairs on their backs and scatterings of rusty red on their chests.
  • Also, they have a silvery-brown crown, black feet and hands, and a reddish-brown tail.
  • The most distinctive feature of this species is its extremely long white mustache, which hangs down to the chest in two tufts (and extends over the shoulders when pulled back).
  • Like most common tamarins, this species has claws on all toes and fingers except for the big toe, which has a nail.

Emperor Tamarin Facts

Emperor Tamarin

  • Active during the day, emperor monkeys are very friendly, graceful, and playful monkeys.
  • They are motorized “jumpers” and move through trees with reasonably quick, jerky movements.
  • This species also shows a need for snuggling, as in captivity, they enjoy being petted by the hand and will lie on their back in hopes of more cuddles.
  • Emperor tamarins have sometimes been observed living in association with other species of tamarins. For instance, southeastern Peru lives in association with saddleback tamarins.
  • The Saguinas emperor is believed to be threatened or endangered in Peru and Brazil. Still, in other areas of its terrestrial biome, the IUCN classifies its status as undetermined.

Saguinus Imperator

Suggested Reading: Family of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Emperor tamarin | Smithsonian’s National Zoo”. Accessed September 04, 2022. Link.


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