Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Callimico (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1912)

Monotypic (less than 750 g); arboreal; possess tegulae. Formerly platyrrhine genus to which Goeldi’s marmoset or monkey belongs. Ranges through the upper Amazon of southern Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil and southwestern Bolivia; aboreal; diurnal. Quadrupedal leapers. Body mass: 393-505 g. Dental formula:; frugivorous, with insect supplements. Most authorities place this genus among the Callitrichidae, and it shares many features including small size and claws. However, unlike the other callitrichids, it only gives birth to single infants and has three molars. Some workers place this species in a monotypic family, Callimiconidae. Believed to live in mixed-sex groups of up to eight individuals.

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