Mottle-faced Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus inustus
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Mottle-face tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1951
  • Monkey Size: 20 to 20 cm (7.87 to 7.87 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Colombia

Mottle-face tamarin Distribution

Mottle-faced Tamarin Characteristics

The Mottle-faced tamarin[1] (Saguinus inustus) is endemic to South America.

  • Known for their spotted face, these monkeys are closely related to common marmosets.
  • They have characteristics similar to other common marmosets as they belong to the same family, Callitrichidae, and the genus Saguinus.
  • The toes of Mottle-Faced tamarins have claws in addition to the large digits with nails. They are believed to be around 20 cm long and weigh 350 grams.
  • Their faces appear bare, their backs are dark brown, and the overall color is black.
  • Each side of the jaw has two molars.

Mottle-Faced Tamarin Facts

  • The Mottle-Faced tamarin monkey gets its name from its mottled face, which means their faces have spots.
  • They are social animals that live in a group of 3-15 members with a breeding female and one unrelated male.
  • Only the female mottle-faced tamarin monkey is allowed to breed, and the others are treated as helpers.
  • These tamarins are considered monogamous, polygamous, or polyandrous. In this case, females can have many mating partners, although some studies have reported cases of monogamy.
  • Mottle-faced tamarins are not hunted by locals due to their “small size” and some are even kept as pets.

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Key References
  • [1]“The Mottled-face Tamarin, Saguinus inustus, in the Aman√£ Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil”. Accessed December 25, 2022. Link.


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