Bearded emperor tamarin

Bearded emperor tamarin Saguinus imperator subgrisescens (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCallithricidae
Size23–26cm
Weight400–550g
Gestation4½ months
Birth2
Life-span15 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, nectar, gum, mushrooms, insects)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
South America (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil)


Bearded emperor tamarins owe their name to their impressive, ‘imperial-style’ white moustache and the white beard under their chin.
 
This species lives in family groups numbering about 10, usually containing just one breeding female. She lets the males know when she is receptive by means of pheromones emitted during anogenital olfactory marking, which inhibits ovulation in the group’s subordinate females.
 
The bearded emperor penguins’ habitat, once highly inaccessible, is increasingly affected by deforestation because of the building of roads for logging and cattle-breeding.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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