Tropical forest, near rivers.
Fruit, insects, spiders, small birds and eggs. It feeds on the sap of trees by gnawing at the bark.
The pygmy marmoset is one of the world's smallest primates. They live in troops of 5 -10 with the females being dominant. They are active during the day and live mainly in the crowns of fairly small trees. A marmoset threatens intruders by raising its tail to display its genitals.
Two youngsters are born after a gestation of 136 days. The father helps to carry the young from birth.
Habitat destruction and collection for the pet trade.
European captive population is monitored by the Primate TAG.
- Latin Name: Callithrix pygmaea
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Callitrichidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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