Facts About Pygmy Marmoset


  • Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is a smallest New World monkey
  • It is one of the smallest monkey and second smallest primate in the world
  • Lives in troops of 2 to 9 individuals
  • There are 2 subspecies Cebuella pygmaea pygmaea – Northern/Western pygmy marmoset and Cebuella pygmaea niveiventris – Eastern pygmy marmoset
  • Head and body length: 11.7 to 15.2 cm (4.6 to 6.0 in)
  • Tail length: 17.2 to 22.9 cm (6.8 to 9.0 in)
  • Average adult body weight is just over 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Females are a little bit heavier than males
  • They live in trees (arboreal)
  • Habitat: western Amazon Basin
  • Diet: tree gum, insects like butterflies, nectar, fruits
  • An adult Pygmy Marmoset can be up to 6 inches long.
  • An adult female is a bit heavier than their male counterpart.
  • Map of Pygmy Marmoset habitat located in western Amazon Basin.

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