Martins' Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus martinsi
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Martins’ Bare-faced Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1912
  • Monkey Size: 20.8 to 28.3 cm (8.19 to 11.14 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brown, black, or silver
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Martins’ Bare-faced Tamarin Distribution

Martins’ Tamarin Characteristics

Martin’s tamarin[1] (Saguinus martinsi), or Martin’s ochraceous bare-faced tamarin, is native to Brazil.

  • Martin’s ochraceous bare-faced tamarins are named for their black, hairless face and ears, which contrast with various coat colors such as silver, brown, or black, depending on the subspecies.
  • The body length varies from 20.8 to 28.3 cm, and the tail length from 33.5 to 42 cm.
  • Males and females weigh an average of 430 g.
  • These primates have non-opposable thumbs with claw-like digits except for the first finger of each toe.

Martins’ Tamarin Facts

  • Locomotion is four-legged, jumping and hanging from branches.
  • They live in multi-male, multi-female family groups of 2 to 8, with one dominant female.
  • These tamarins are distinguished from other New World Monkeys by their small size and modified claws instead of nails on all digits except the big toe.
  • They can help pollinate and disperse seeds by eating the fruits, nectars, and pods of various plants and trees.
  • Martin’s tamarin is considered Near Threatened as it is primarily threatened by ongoing deforestation.

Suggested Reading: All Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Saguinus martinsi: CLASSIFICATION”. Accessed December 25, 2022. Link.


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