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The Smallest Monkeys in the World

The Smallest Monkeys in the World

marmoset monkey
Image from Frösö Zoo via DRB

If you’re a sucker for cute furry animals then you’ll be in for a treat over at Dark Roasted Blend, who this week have collated a spread of some of the not-so-well- known primates of the planet.

The “Aww” inducing list includes the titchy thumb-sized pygmy marmoset monkey, named after the French word marmouset, which means shrimp, or dwarf, “They range in length from 5 to 6 inches not including the tail, which is an amazing 6 to 8 inches,” say DRB. There are 18 recorded species of marmoset and, unlike other monkeys they have claws rather than nails, tactile hairs on their wrists and lack wisdom teeth, making them slightly more primitive than other monkeys.

Rare Albino Pygmy Marmoset Twins
rare albino marmoset
Image from Frösö Zoo via National Geographic

Pygmy marmosets are found in the rainforests of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Columbia. They live in the upper canopy of the forest, no doubt to steer clear of bigger, heavier predators, and survive on an omnivorous diet of fruit, leaves, insects, small reptiles and their favorite nibble, tree sap. Specialized incisors enable the marmoset to gnaw through even the toughest tree bark, allowing easy access to their favorite gummy fluid.

Adult Marmoset Monkey
adult marmoset monkey
Image via Davidson College

Living in groups of two to six, usually consisting of a breeding pair plus their offspring, marmoset families are fiercely territorial often defending an area of up to 100 acres – that’s a lot of rainforest for the midget mammals. Don’t expect to see them in the wild though; they’re nippy little blighters and move like lighting through the trees, so you’ll have to make do with these sweet pics instead.


February 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. soooooooooooooooooooo cutie

    Comment by maria | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. i love monkeys

    Comment by baylee | September 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. I love them plz tell me that they r on sale I just want 2 rapp them up in a reycycling bag and take them home

    Comment by Sabrina | October 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. i would like to have a few to cook and eat

    Comment by robert | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. i would like to have a few dozen to have and cook up and eat they taste so good like the most moist meat you’ll ever eat

    Comment by robert | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. r they on sell anywhere

    Comment by lentos | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  7. They are so cute! I wish I could own one but they belong in the wild!

    Comment by Elizabeth | April 17, 2010 | Reply

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  9. i wana eat there bum mmm

    Comment by jane | July 19, 2010 | Reply

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    Comment by shamuela | November 15, 2010 | Reply

  11. I am amazed to see these varieties never thought they existed. I am grateful for the images as I am creating a Power Point demo.actually a group effort to illustrate what a photo/picture can do in helping people to grasp an idea or a topic.
    We are doing monkeys of the world.

    Thanks alot

    Comment by Teresa | November 19, 2010 | Reply

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