Hershkovitz's Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico intermedius
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Hershkovitz’s Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1977
  • Monkey Size: 24 to 24 cm (9.4 to 9.4 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Creamy white and brown
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Hershkovitz’s Marmoset Distribution

Hershkovitz’s Marmoset Characteristics

The Hershkovitz marmoset[1] (Mico intermedia), also called the Aripuanã marmoset, is endemic to the Amazon rainforest of south-central Brazil.

  • Like all relatively small primates, Hershkovitz marmosets reach a weight of 400 to 450 grams.
  • The upper half of the body is creamy white, while the lower half is brown.
  • In addition, the hind legs and tail are brown, and there is a yellow band on the thighs.
  • The head is also creamy white; the face is hairless and gray or flesh-colored.
  • There are small ear tufts on the ears.

Hershkovitz’s Marmoset Facts

  • The common name references Philip Hershkovitz, an American zoologist.
  • These monkeys are diurnal and sleep amidst lush vegetation or in tree cavities at night.
  • Hershkovitz marmosets have been observed feeding on swarms of army ants (Eciton burchelli).
  • Scent marks are distributed throughout their home range but more in peripheral areas and more frequently when encountering neighboring groups.
  • Mating is not limited to a single pair; however, multiple adult females and males have been observed mating.

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BioExplorer.net. (2024, April 13). Hershkovitz’s Marmoset. Bio Explorer. https://www.bioexplorer.net/animals/mammals/monkeys/hershkovitzs-marmoset/.
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Key References
  • [1]“Hershkovitz’s marmoset-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed December 14, 2022. Link.


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