Moustached Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus mystax
black-chested mustached tamarin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: black-chested mustached tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1823
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 92.4 cm (11.81 to 36.38 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Jet-black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Peru, Brazil

black-chested mustached tamarin Distribution

Moustached Tamarin Characteristics

Moustached Tamarin

Moustached tamarins[1], also known as black-chested moustached tamarins and Spyx’s moustached tamarins, are native to Peru and Brazil. These monkeys are found in all strata of the lowland Amazon rainforest.

  • The long white facial hair surrounding its mouth is a distinctive feature that gives the moustached tamarin its name.
  • Its face is relatively flat, with large furry ears and almond-shaped eyes. The black hairs on its body are silky and long.
  • This little creature has claw-like nails on its hands and feet, except for the big toe (hallux). This helps it cling to trees when feeding on saps or fruit.

Moustached Tamarin Facts

  • The moustached tamarin gets its name from the lack of coloration in the facial hair around the mouth, which resembles a mustache.
  • All moustached tamarins have excellent spatial memory and can quickly identify and remember the location of fruit trees.
  • Like squirrels, they run and walk on all fours with their bellies just below the surface, particularly when climbing sloping branches.
  • Mustached tamarins live in groups of 2 to 8 individuals (usually 5 to 6), not counting babies. Each group usually consists of 1 or 2 adult females.
  • They are territorial but have been observed in association with groups of Leontocebus fuscicollis (saddleback tamarins).

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Key References
  • [1]“Saguinus mystax (Spix, 1823)”. Accessed August 09, 2022. Link.


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