Geoffroy's Saddleback Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Leontocebus Leontocebus nigrifrons
Geoffroy's Saddle-back Tamarin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Geoffroy’s Saddle-back Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1851
  • Monkey Size: 19 to 21.9 cm (7.5 to 8.6 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Bright orange
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Peru

Geoffroy’s Saddle-back Tamarin Distribution

Geoffroy’s Saddleback Tamarin Characteristics

Geoffroys Saddleback Tamarin

Geoffroy’s saddleback tamarin[1] is a saddled tamarin, a species of small monkey native to South America.

  • Dense, dark fur covers this tiny New World Monkey‘s arms, shoulders, and upper body.
  • It has a patch of painted skin on its back that mixes orange-yellow stripes with patches of black fur, creating a mottled pattern called an “agouti” (which gives the primate its “saddle“).
  • Yellow-orange fur drapes the monkey’s hindquarters, and black fur adheres to its long tail and extends toward the tip.
  • Long, narrow hands, considered an adaptation, help the saddleback tamarin reach small crevices and catch insects.
  • Scalloped ears protrude from a small round head covered in black fur. The snout is flat and covered with white hairs or whiskers in some individuals.
  • These white accents could also decorate the monkey’s forehead.

Geoffroy’s Saddleback Tamarin Facts

  • Geoffroy’s saddleback tamarins often associate and form mixed groups with mustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). Both species often perch in the same tree, responding to each other’s alarm calls.
  • Ideally, they choose an area where they have exclusive feeding rights, usually among various fruit trees, to maximize their daily feeding expeditions.
  • The monkeys retreat before nightfall, finding safety in the abundance of tangled trees and vines.
  • Saddleback tamarins have also perched in tree hollows or on the forks of large tree trunks.
  • Home range size depends on the availability of food sources and varies seasonally, from 16 to 120 ha (39.5 to 297 acres).

Suggested Reading: Different Breeds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Leontocebus nigrifrons”. Accessed December 13, 2022. Link.

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