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Scientific Name: Callithrix jacchus

Habitat: Scrub forest

Diet: Tree sap, insects, fruits and nectar

Life span: 10 - 12 years

Young: Usually twins

Size: 300 - 360 g (10 -12oz)

The common marmoset lives in the forests of north-eastern Brazil. Marmosets and tamarins are distinguished from other monkeys of the New World by their small size, modified claws rather than nails and by the occurrence of twin births. These monkeys have sharp teeth for chewing through tree bark. They generally feed on tree sap but have also been found to eat insects, fruit and nectar.

Fun Fact:

Because they are so rare and small, they are difficult to study in the wild.

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Common marmoset on Wikipedia


Common Marmoset Range Photo

Range: North-eastern Brazil


Common Marmoset Status Photo

Status: Least Concern

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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