Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Leontopithecus Leontopithecus chrysomelas
Golden-headed Lion Tamarin
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Golden-headed Lion Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1820
  • Monkey Size: 23.63 cm to 25 cm (9.30 to 9.84 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin Distribution

Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Characteristics

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin
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The golden-headed lion tamarin[1] (Leontopithecus chrysomelas), also known as the golden-headed tamarin, is a lion tamarin native to Brazil.

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

  • The appearance of golden-headed lion tamarin is similar to other tamarin species.
  • This Brazilian primate has relatively large canines with a small body and head.
  • It’s mostly black with a long thick golden mane. This species has very little sexual dimorphism; females and males are quite similar in appearance.
  • Also, it has golden fur on the part of its tail, hands, forearms, and feet.

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Facts

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

  • It is only found in fragments of lowland and premontane forests in the state of Bahia and is therefore considered an endangered species.
  • Golden-headed lion tamarins are diurnal, spending most of their time in Tropical Rainforests at elevations of 3 to 10 meters.
  • They live in family groups of 2-8 individuals with an average size of 3-4 individuals but can form transient groups of 15-16.
  • Adults of the same sex are quite aggressive towards each other for reasons of territorial defense.
  • Golden-headed tamarin calls are based on behavior and activity. Trills are used during solitary activity. Clucks can be heard when an individual is searching for food. Long calls indicate a state of alert.

Golden Headed Tamarin

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Key References
  • [1]“Golden-headed lion tamarin – Wisconsin National Primate Research Center – UW-Madison”. Accessed September 14, 2022. Link.


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