Silvery marmosets live in relatively flat lowland forest.
Insects, spiders, fruit, flowers, gum, eggs and small invertebrates such as birds, frogs and lizards.
Also known as the black-tailed marmoset, these small monkeys have a lovely pale grey colouring which has led to their more common name of the silvery marmoset. They have a bare pink face and ears, and instead of nails they have claws that they use to grip onto trees as they climb and move around the forest. They have a 30cm long tail which is longer than their body and helps them balance.
Silvery marmosets are highly sociable, living in groups as large as 50 individuals. In a group it is only the alpha pair that will breed, and other members of the group will assist with the carrying and protection of the infants – usually twins.
Silvery marmosets are thought to be in similar trouble to other species of Amazonian primates because of the destruction and fragmentation of their natural habitat.
The species enjoys protection from unregulated international trade, and measures have been taken to preserve the Amazon rainforest.
- Latin Name: Callithrix argentata melanura
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Callitrichidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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