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With a head-body length of only 13 cm pygmy marmosets are the world’s smallest monkeys. These nimble climbers are arboreal and feed mainly on tree sap such as gum and resin. To communicate they use very high-pitched sounds that sound like bird song. These sounds are partially within the ultrasound range that is imperceptible to humans. They live in true families where only the highest ranking pair reproduces. All members of the group take turns in carrying the offspring.


ClassificationOrder: primates; family: Callitrichidae; smallest species of higher primates
DietPrimarily tree sap, insects and fruits
HabitatLowland rainforest trees of South America
ReproductionSexual maturity at 14–18 months; gestation period: 133–140 days; usually 2 offspring; maximum age: 18 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

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