Red-handed tamarin

Red-handed tamarin Saguinus midas midas (ESB)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCallithricidae
Size25cm
Weight380–500g
Gestation5 months
Birth2
Life-span20 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, insects, invertebrates, gum)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
South America (Brazil, Guyana)


Red-handed tamarins’ diet consists mainly of fruit and insects. Gum and nectar are also eaten in the dry season, when fruit is more scarce.
 
Red-handed tamarins live in small groups of about 10, with only the dominant female breeding. They can cover up to 2km a day in search of food. At the end of the afternoon, well before sunset, they return to their resting site and fall asleep in the tangles of creepers and the dense vegetation of the bottom strata of the tree canopy.
 
This species is not endangered in the short term, but the destruction and fragmentation of the South American tropical forests obviously have adverse effects on wildlife living in this type of habitat.




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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