This primate lives in the rainforest canopy, showing a preference for areas which are flooded for at least a quarter of the year.
Pygmy marmosets feed on the sap of trees by gnawing at the bark and also eat fruit, insects, spiders, small birds and eggs.
The world's smallest monkey is a very territorial primate, scent marking the home range of the community to defend it against outsiders. These animals generally communicate through vocalizations - there are specific calls to display danger, encourage mating or encourage infants.
The gestation period lasts for around 4.5 months, producing 1 - 3 infants. The babies are mainly cared for by their father, who carries them on his back, while the mother is only responsible for cleaning as well as feeding her offspring during the nursing period, which lasts for 3 months.
Although the species presently faces habitat destruction, this factor doesn't have a noticeable impact on their population as a whole. However, these animals are still threatened by some localized factors, such as collection for the pet trade.
- Latin Name: Cebuella pygmaea
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Callitrichidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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