Silvery Brown Bare-face Tamarin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Saguinus Saguinus leucopus
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: silvery-brown bare-face tamarin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1877
  • Monkey Size: 24 to 24 cm (9.4 to 9.4 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Silvery brown
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

silvery-brown bare-face tamarin Distribution

Silvery Brown Bare-face Tamarin Characteristics

The white-footed tamarin[1] (Saguinus leucopus), the silvery-brown bare-faced tamarin, is native to Colombia.

  • It is silvery brown with pale stripes and reddish underparts. It closely resembles the cotton-tipped tamarin from which the Atrato River separates it.
  • The two species are believed to have separated from each other in the Pleistocene when a sea occupied the area between their present ranges.
  • The white-footed tamarin has a pale silvery-brown back with lighter stripes. The front is red. The tail is brown, sometimes with a white tip.
  • The feet and hands are also white. The face is finely lined with white hair. Thick brown hair lies around the neck and between the ears.
  • These Colombian monkeys’ front legs are shorter than their hind legs. As a result, their visual, auditory, and olfactory senses are very keen.
  • The average adult male can weigh 494g, and the average adult female is slightly smaller at 490g. Other primates have nails on each toe, but tamarins have claws on all toes except the big toe.

Silvery Brown Bare-Face Tamarin Facts

  • The white-footed tamarin uses scent glands to mark its territory.
  • These White-footed tamarins live in a group with an extended family of 4 to 15 people.
  • White-footed tamarin lives in trees and is active during the day.
  • It is agile in the trees, using its four limbs (quadruped) to help it maneuver between branches.
  • The white-footed tamarin exhibits polyandrous reproduction, meaning a female will mate with more than one male.

Suggested Reading: Different Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Population density of Saguinus leucopus (Mammalia: Primates) and landscape characteristics in eastern Antioquia, Colombia”. Accessed December 23, 2022. Link.

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