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Amazon Wildlife Pic of the Month: Pygmy Marmoset

The pigmy marmoset are smallest of all the monkeys in the Amazon region. These ingenious little monkeys dig a small hole in a tree’s bark, where they feed on sap and resins, returning to the same “lunch counter,” every day. These are New World monkeys, native to the rainforest canopies of eastern Peru. They are among the world’s smallest primates, and are actually the smallest true monkeys, being only between 5.5 to 6.3 inches long (not counting their very long tails). Females weigh a mere 4.2 ounces, while males can go as high as 4.9 ounces.

Photo by Malene Thyssen

 

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