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Callithrix geoffroyi

Callithrix geoffroyi
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Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/400 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-19 1:27
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Callithrix geoffroyi


Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: callitrichids
Length: 22-25 cm.
Weight: 300-400 gr.
Habitat: coastal mountain forests
Distribution: Atlantic Coast of Brazil
Food: Omnivorous
Camada: 1-2 pups
Gestation: 140-145 days
Sexual maturity: 14-18 months
Longevity: 10 years


It is about half a meter of which over half belong to the tail, and its weight from 300 to 400 grams. It is distinguished by head and neck white. With two black tufts on the ears and a naked pink area under the mouth and eyes, and these light brown. The top of the head, legs and tail are black, while the back is dominated by orange and gray with black and white stripes. The tail has rings of gray.


Their diet is omnivorous, eating mostly insects and fruit. This is accompanied by tree sap, fungi, nectar, large numbers of invertebrates and small vertebrates like frogs and lizards.


Females tend to be monogamous, coming quickly after the birth of new zeal. Gestation lasts about four months old and born normally 1 or 2 pups. In captivity it is not unusual birth of triplets. The pup weights at birth is about 32 gr.

Customs and social life

It's a monkey tree day and moving in groups of 3 to 8 individuals in an area of ​​5 hectares.

Conservation status

They are the most common marmosets in zoos because they breed well in captivity. In the wild their conservation status is listed as Least Concern since, although its range restricted to the Atlantic forests of the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, there are still many individuals released. Their natural enemies are birds of prey, snakes and some small felines.

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