Common marmoset Callithrix jacchus
Life-spanup to 15 years in zoos
omnivorous (gum, sap, fruit, insects)
forest, mangroves, plantations
Recognisable by the tufts of white hairs around their ears, common marmosets live in small family groups of up to about 15. The whole group helps look after the young (usually twins), with the mother taking them back to breastfeed – this is a way of increasing the chances of the young surviving as well as developing parenting skills in young members of the group. Babies grow up quickly and become independent at the age of 5 months.
Long hunted for the illegal pet trade and biomedical research, common marmosets are now widespread and quite common in many regions. However, they are still threatened by the destruction of their habitat, especially in the north of their range.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW