The Buffy-Tufted Marmoset (Callithrix Aurita), otherwise known as the buffy tufted-ear marmoset or white-eared marmoset, is a New World Monkey in the Callitrichidae family of monkeys usually found on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. The Buffy-Tufted Marmoset is very similar in appearance to the Common Marmoset, but it is typically larger in many aspects. The Buffy-Tufted Marmoset is recognizable by its grey-black skin, with a touched tail and white ear-tufts which are longer and more distinct than those found on the Common Marmoset.
Of all the Marmosets, the Buffy-Tufted Marmoset’s range extends the furthest south. The Buffy-Tufted Marmoset is usually found in coastal forests from sea-level up to 500 meters along the Atlantic coast in Brazil. Spending the vast majority of its time in the canopy of trees, the Buffy-Tufted Marmoset is considered diurnal and arboreal.
The Buffy-Tufted Marmoset’s diet is a bit unique compared to other members of the Marmoset family. Uniquely, the Buffy-Tufted Marmoset almost exclusively eats spiders and other small insects. It does not eat tree sap, gun, or other plant exudates, which is why it has a very small snout compared to other members of the Marmoset branch.
Fun Buffy-Tufted Marmoset Facts
- These monkeys are the only Marmosets that eat insects exclusively rather than plant exudates.
- Of all Marmosets, the Buffy-Tufted Marmoset’s habitat extends the furthest south.
- Buffy-Tufted Marmoset’s gestation period is approximately 170 days and their births are typically of twin offspring.
- Many people confuse them for the Common Marmoset because they have many physical similarities.