Moustached tamarin

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Moustached tamarin[1]
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Moustached Tamarins at the Bronx Zoo, New York City.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus: Saguinus
Species: S. mystax
Binomial name
Saguinus mystax
(Spix, 1803)
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Moustached tamarin range

The moustached tamarin or Spix's moustached tamarin (Saguinus mystax) is a tamarin found in tropical forests in Brazil, Peru and northern Bolivia. It is black with a white moustache, white nose, and brownish back. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, tree gum and insects.

There are two subspecies of the moustached tamarin:

  • Spix's moustached tamarin, Saguinus mystax mystax
  • White-rumped moustached tamarin, Saguinus mystax pluto


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 135. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Rylands, A. B. & Mittermeier, R. A. (2008). Saguinus mystax. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  • Rylands AB and Mittermeier RA (2009). "The Diversity of the New World Primates (Platyrrhini)". In Garber PA, Estrada A, Bicca-Marques JC, Heymann EW, Strier KB. South American Primates: Comparative Perspectives in the Study of Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Springer. pp. 23–54. ISBN 978-0-387-78704-6. 

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