Red-mantled Saddle-Back Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Leontocebus Leontocebus lagonotus
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Red-mantled Saddle-back Tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1870
  • Monkey Size: 22.0 to 27 cm (8.7 to 11 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Red/bright-orange
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest, mountain
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Ecuador, Peru

Red-mantled Saddle-back Tamarin Distribution

Red-mantled Saddle-back Tamarin Characteristics

The Red-mantled saddleback tamarin[1] (Leontocebus lagonotus) is a species of saddleback tamarin, a species of small South American monkey.

  • The red-mantled saddleback tamarin was once thought to be a subspecies of the brown-mantled tamarin Leontocebus fuscicollis.
  • It has a head and body length of between 220 millimeters (8.7 in) and 270 millimeters (11 in), with a tail length of between 275 millimeters (10.8 in) and 330 millimeters. (13 inches) long.
  • It weighs between 350 grams (12 oz) and 400 grams (14 oz).

Red-Mantled Saddle-Back Tamarin Facts

  • The Red-mantled saddle-back tamarin lives in Peru and Ecuador, and its type locality is in Peru, near the confluence of the Amazon and Napo.
  • Red-mantled saddleback tamarins are arboreal and diurnal and spend most of their time in trees.
  • The life expectancy of wild red-mantled saddleback monkeys is between 8 and 13 years. Those in captivity have a maximum lifespan of 24.9 years.
  • These tamarins are known to defend their territory against strangers; chases and fights may occur. But not all intergroup encounters are aggressive; some are peaceful.
  • Their small size makes them vulnerable to predators, especially raptors (like harpy eagles), ocelots, and snakes.

Suggested Reading: All Monkey Species

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Key References
  • [1]“Leontocebus lagonotus (Jiménez de la Espada 1870)-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed December 24, 2022. Link.

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