Common marmoset

Common marmoset Callithrix jacchus

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCallithricidae
Size16–21cm
Weight300–325g
Gestation4½ months
Birth2
Life-spanup to 15 years in zoos
Diet
omnivorous (gum, sap, fruit, insects)

Habitat
forest, mangroves, plantations

Range
north-east Brazil


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 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

In the zoo