Emperor tamarin[1]

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Emperor tamarin[1]

  1. 1. Description They are mainly a grey color, with ayellowish back and a reddish underside. The top of their head is a silverishcolor, and the hands and feet are black. The most distinctive characteristic about these animals is the long whitemustache that hangs down to its chest.
  2. 2. Emperor TamarinThe emperor tamarin got its name from a joke. The person whodiscovered this animal called it an emperor tamarin because hethought it resembled the Emperor of Germany.
  3. 3. Kingdom: Animalia (animal)Phylum: Chordata (vertebrate)Class: Mammalia (mammal)Order: Primates (highly developed brain, forward facing eyes, shortened nose, opposable thumbs)Suborder: Haplorhini (dry-nosed primates)Infraorder: Simiiformes (monkeys, apes, humans)Family: Cebidae (marmosets, tamarins, capuchins, and squirrel monkeys)Subfamily: Callitrichinae (marmosets and tamarins)Genus: Saguinus (tamarins)Species: Saguinus imperator (emperor tamarin)
  4. 4. Region They are found in the Amazon Basin,ranging from Peru to Brazil. They prefer to live in light, dry-bottom, or terrestrial forests.
  5. 5. ResponseThe emperor tamarin has to be quick to catch their prey and get away from predators. Since they don’t have long fingers, they can’t reach into trees.Because of this, they catch camouflaged prey from the surface of leaves by grabbing it quickly and sneakily.
  6. 6. These animals reproduce sexually.Tamarins live together in a group of 3-8, and the oldest female mates with all ofthe males. The gestation period lasts for about 140 days, and then the young areborn. 1-2 of these animals are born at a time.
  7. 7. These creatures live an average of 17 years. They have a body length of 9- 11 inches, and a tail length of about 15 inches. They are very lightweight, getting to be about 10- 14 ounces at their mature age.
  8. 8. They are a vertebrate animal, so they have abackbone. They breathe with lungs, and haveopposable thumbs. These are important traits because the thumbs are useful for grabbing things, they have a more structured body system, and they don’t have to breathe through their skin or in any other funky way.
  9. 9. Compare and Contrast Tamarins Marmosets• Canines larger than incisors • Live in groups up to 15• Long, white mustaches • Uses big incisor teeth to• 25 inches long dig into tree trunks • 8 inches long Similarities •Live in trees •Live in the same regions (Brazil-Peru) •2 animals are usually born at a time •Group effort to care for young •Claws instead of nails

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