Animal Facts

Geffroy's Marmoset

Scientific Name: Callithrix geoffroyi

Fast Fact:

Geffroy’s marmosets usually give birth to twins rather than a single infant.

Geffroy's Marmoset

Marmosets live in somewhat small groups with a single dominant female who gives birth to all of the offspring.

STATUS: The Geffroy's marmoset is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

HABITAT: Eastern Brazil is home to this species of marmoset. It inhabits the lowland forests along the coast. Marmosets move through the trees quadrupedally, but they are also capable of leaping from tree to tree.   

DIET: The typical diet of the Geoffroy’s marmoset includes fruit, flowers, plants, insects, and some small animals. Their long, slender fingers are perfect for seeking out food hidden inside trees.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The Geoffroy’s marmoset is not much more than six inches long, although its tail can be closer to twelve inches in length. The females tend to weigh just under half of a pound, while males weigh closer to three quarters of a pound. These marmosets have a black body, black striped tail and brown undersides. Their face is white, and they have black tufts on their ears.

I've Got Your Back

Geoffroy’s marmosets are very community-oriented. They all participate in raising the offspring of the dominant female. They also protect each other by taking turns monitoring the area, producing loud alarm calls when they encounter a perceived threat. Once a threat is over, marmosets have been observed grooming each other, possibly to calm the group down again. Marmosets have also been spotted scent-marking. Members of a group will do so in order to establish their group’s territory to outsiders.  

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