The Manicore Marmoset (Mico Manicorensis), is a New World Monkey in the Callitrichidae family of monkeys, and is endemic to Brazil. The Manicore Marmosets were first discovered a mere 200 miles from Manaus, which is not too distant from the Madeira River in Brazil. Very notable for its bright orange hind legs, the Manicore Marmoset features a grey body, black tail, pink-colored face, and hairless ears that protrude from its head. It also has an outstandingly long tail, at a whopping 15 inches compared to its 9 inch long body.
Like many of the Marmosets, the Manicore Marmoset dwells primarily in the canopy of the Brazilian rainforest. Very rarely, in times of extreme drought, the Manicore Marmoset can be seen at ground level finding sources of water and food. First spotted near Manaus, this Marmoset is found throughout the lowland areas of the surrounding rainforest.
The diet of the Manicore Marmoset consists mainly of plant exudates (gums, saps, and latex), which they have adapted to access by using the specialized structure of their claws and teeth to gouge trunks, branches, and other areas of food sources. They also have been known to feed on other vegetation such as fruit, flowers, and nectar, and occasionally eat small animals including frogs, snails, lizards, spiders, and other insects.
Fun Manicore Marmoset Facts
- These monkeys were named because of the region in which they were first discovered, Manaus.
- They are one of only a few animals on earth with natural orange pigments.
- They have special claws and teeth to access their food sources.
- They are one of the least studied species in the Marmoset family.