Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) is a small New World monkey with a
mass of up to 0.5 kg.
Saguinus oedipus is one of the smallest primates,
and is easily recognised by its long white sagittal crest extending from the
forehead to shoulders. Its natural distribution is limited to tropical forest
edges and secondary forests in north-western Colombia where it is arboreal and
diurnal. Its diet includes insects and plant exudates and it is an important
seed disperser in the tropical ecosystem. The species has not been reported as
a pest species to the agriculture industry.
import assessment Technical Assessment Panel has assessed the cotton-top
tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) as being moderately dangerous to humans,
having a low risk of establishment and a low consequence of establishment.
Consequently, the TAP assessment concluded that the risk posed by S. Oedipus
is moderate. The TAP recommends that this species be permitted for
import and keeping by wildlife exhibition licence holders approved to keep
moderate threat species.
Risk Assessment: Cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) (165Kb)