Red Chested Mustached Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus labiatus
Red-bellied Tamarin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Red-bellied Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1812
  • Monkey Size: 23 to 29 cm (9.06 to 11.42 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Dark brown or black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia

Red-bellied Tamarin Distribution

Red-chested Mustached Tamarin Characteristics

Red Chested Mustached Tamarin

The Red-chested mustached tamarin[1] (Saguinus labiatus), also known as Red-bellied Tamarin, is a tamarin that lives in the Amazon region of Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.

  • Due to their appearance, Red-chested mustached tamarins are also known as white-lipped tamarins and red-bellied tamarins.
  • They are usually dark brown or black and have distinctive red markings on their chest and abdomen.
  • This Red-bellied Tamarin also has a patch of white fur that surrounds its nose and mouth, giving them the appearance of a mustache.
  • Red-chested mustached tamarin is relatively small, measuring 23 to 29cm in length and weighing 350 to 575g.
  • Females are generally slightly larger than males. Members of this species have claw-like nails on all toes except the big toe, and their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs.

Red-Chested Mustached Tamarin Facts

Saguinus Labiatus

  • The red belly of these New World Monkeys is their most striking external feature.
  • Red-chested mustached tamarins are social, diurnal creatures that live in groups. Groups vary in size from 2-13 people, although groups usually consist of 4-6 members.
  • The father carries most of the babies, but the siblings will also share the burden of the little ones and thus learn to be good caregivers.
  • Females more often use scent marking when they are fertile. This scent mark is thought to attract breeding males or signal breeding susceptibility.
  • Because they are small, Red-chested mustached tamarins are constantly on alert, often performing visual scans of their surroundings to ensure they are safe from potential predators.

Suggested Reading: Classification of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Saguinus labiatus: INFORMATION”. Accessed December 24, 2022. Link.


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