- 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 (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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