Lesson's Saddle-Back Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Leontocebus Leontocebus fuscus
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Lesson’s Saddle-back Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1840
  • Monkey Size: 21.2 to 23.4 cm (8.3 to 9.2 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Lesson’s Saddle-back Tamarin Distribution

Lesson’s Saddle-Back Tamarin Characteristics

Lesson’s saddle-back tamarin[1] (Leontocebus fuscus) is a small New-world monkey endemic to South America.

  • Lesson’s saddle-back tamarin was once considered a subspecies of the brown-mantled tamarin, Leontocebus fuscicollis.
  • Lesson’s saddle-back tamarins have black fur that extends from their heads to the middle of their backs, where it fades to a reddish hue.
  • The hands, feet, and tail are black. They have hairless ears and whitish fur around the snout.
  • Lesson’s saddleback tamarin has a head and body length of between 212 millimeters (8.3 in) and 234 millimeters (9.2 in). It weighs between 350 g (12 oz) and 400 g (14 oz).

Lesson’s Saddle-Back Tamarin Facts

  • Its type locality is in Colombia, on the plains of Mocoa, Putumayo, between the Caquetá River and the Putumayo River.
  • Lesson’s saddle-back tamarins live in small social groups with multiple males and females of 4 to 12 members and occupy an area of ​​30 to 50 hectares.
  • Group members usually sleep together in a group. Vine tendrils are typical resting places for these species.
  • Compared to other primates, tamarins begin their daily activities late in the morning, a few minutes to an hour after sunrise.
  • Humans are responsible for the decline in the number of surviving lesson’s saddle-back tamarins due to the clearing of their forest habitat.

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Key References
  • [1]“About: Lesson’s saddle-back tamarin”. Accessed December 15, 2022. Link.


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