Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea)

The pygmy marmoset is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world at just over 100 grams, with a head-body length ranging from 117-152 mm and a tail of 172-229 mm. It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests. About 83% of the pygmy marmoset population lives in stable troops of two to nine individuals, including a dominant male, a breeding female, and up to four successive litters of offspring. The modal size of a standard stable troop would be 6 individuals. Members of the group communicate using a complex system including vocal, chemical, and visual signals. These monkeys may also make visual displays when threatened or to show dominance. The female gives birth to twins twice a year and the parental care is shared between the group. There are two subspecies. This monkey has a specialized diet of tree gum. It gnaws holes in the bark of appropriate trees and vines with its specialized dentition to elicit the production of gum. When the sap puddles up in the hole, it laps it up with its tongue. It also lies in wait for insects, especially butterflies, which are attracted to the sap holes. It supplements its diet with nectar and fruit.

photo credits: Brian.gratwicke, Don Faulkner, Karra Rothery, animalspot



Here’s my latest drawing inspired by a terrible death of Cecil the lion and all the hunting/culling shit that is still around us + of course by the Heroes who keep fighting everyday so that those beautiful creatures can live in a better world.

Drawn with pencils, colored in Photoshop. I’ve spent three days on it and think it’s not bad.