Golden White Bare Ear Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico leucippe
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Golden-white Bare-ear Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1922
  • Monkey Size: 20.32 to 23 cm (8 to 9 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Golden-white
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Golden-white Bare-ear Marmoset Distribution

White Marmoset Characteristics

The white marmoset[1] (Mico leucippe), also called the golden-white bare-eared marmoset, is an endangered marmoset native to the Amazon rainforest of Pará, Brazil.

  • The white marmoset has dense golden-white fur covering its body and signature tufts of white hair near its ears.
  • White marmoset monkeys have hairless faces and ears and are sometimes called bare-eared marmosets.
  • While other New World Monkeys have nails on all their toes, marmosets have claws on all toes except the big toe.
  • The head and body length of these species is around 14 cm (6 in), and the tail is a bit longer.
  • Adult white marmosets only weigh around 90 grams (3 ounces), while other species in the family reach 600 grams (1.3 pounds) or more.

White Marmoset Facts

  • They are diurnal primates and prefer to live in small groups of about 4 to 15 individuals.
  • Groups are usually territorial and comprise clear hierarchies, with only one dominant breeding pair at the top.
  • Marmosets can be aggressive to defend their territory or assert their dominance against other groups. This aggression usually takes the form of violent biting, vocalizations, and threatening displays.
  • They have specially adapted teeth that allow them to gnaw and remove tree bark to access plant exudates (such as resins, latex, and sap).
  • White marmosets can live to a maximum of about sixteen and a half years. This is why they are considered among the shortest-lived primate species.

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Key References
  • [1]“Mico leucippe”. Accessed December 14, 2022. Link.


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