Pygmy marmoset

​Public comments are invited by 27 September 2016

The Pygmy marmoset Callithrix pygmaea is the smallest New World primate, weighing a mere 120 grams on average, and measuring on average, 136 millimetres. Males and females are very similar in size, with the females weighing approximately 12 percent heavier.

This tiny monkey is found within several neotropical countries of South America, inhabiting the riparian forests of the Upper Amazon basin, along lakes and rivers in the eastern lowlands of Ecuador. The countries where this species is found include Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, and Bolivia.

The Pygmy marmoset is classified as, ‘least concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, as they are still common in the wild.

The Pygmy marmoset is listed under ‘Appendix II’ of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and listed as a species ‘suitable for live import with an import permit’ issued under The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

The species profile is provided below.

  Pygmy Marmoset Species Profile   (887Kb)

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