Silvery Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico argentatus
Silvery Marmoset
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Silvery Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1766
  • Monkey Size: 28 to 28 cm (7.1 to 11.0 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Whitish silver-grey
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Silvery Marmoset Distribution

Silvery Marmoset Characteristics

Silvery Marmoset

The Silvery marmoset[1] (Mico argentatus) is a New-World monkey living in the eastern Amazon rainforest of Brazil. True to its name, the silvery marmoset’s body is a striking silver-grey color.

  • In contrast, the tail is dark brown. In addition, they have bare faces and ears, a trait they share with several other marmoset species.
  • Silvery Marmoset weight is up to a mere 400g only.
  • Their hands, which look eerily like human hands, end in sharp claws, which they use to dig into the bark of trees to access and consume the sticky sap inside.
  • Silvery Marmosets are omnivorous, feeding on various foods, from vegetation to small animals.

Silvery Marmoset Facts

Mico Argentatus

  • Silvery marmosets are primarily arboreal species and can spend their entire lives in trees without descending to the ground.
  • They live in groups of 4-12 individuals, with one being the dominant female and sole breeder. Groups stick together and are relatively cohesive.
  • Unlike most primate species, Silvery marmosets have sharp claws instead of nails.
  • Silvery marmosets and other common marmosets have specialized morphology and dentition for burrowing into tree bark. Their lower incisors are sharp and chisel-like, allowing them access to tree excretions (sap, gums, resins, and latex).
  • At dusk, they find a place to perch, often a tangle of vines or a hole in a tree, where they huddle together, safe from predators.

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Key References
  • [1]“Silvery marmoset – Mico argentatus | Visit at Marwell Zoo”. Accessed August 18, 2022. Link.

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