Animal Size

Cotton-top tamarin size: How big do they get?

How big does a Cotton-top tamarin get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) reaches an average size of 24 cm (0′ 10″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). During their lifetime of about 23.08 years, they grow from 41 grams (0.09 lbs) to 463 grams (1.02 lbs). A Cotton-top tamarin has 1 babies at once. The Cotton-top tamarin (genus: Saguinus) is a member of the family Callitrichidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The average adult size of a Cotton-top tamarin is  (0' 10

The cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) is a small New World monkey weighing less than 0.5 kg (1.1 lb). This New World Monkey can live up to 24 years old, but most of them die at 13 years old. One of the smallest primates, the cotton-top tamarin is easily recognized by the long, white sagittal crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders. The species is found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests in northwestern 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 cotton-top tamarin displays a wide variety of social behaviors. In particular, groups form a clear dominance hierarchy where only dominant pairs breed. The female normally gives birth to twins and uses pheromones to prevent other females in the group from breeding. These tamarins have been extensively studied for their high level of cooperative care, as well as altruistic and spiteful behaviors. Communication between cotton-top tamarins is sophisticated and shows evidence of grammatical structure, a language feature that must be acquired.Up to 40,000 cotton-top tamarins are thought to have been caught and exported for use in biomedical research before 1976, when CITES gave them the highest level of protection and all international trade was banned. Now, the species is at risk due to large-scale habitat destruction, as the lowland forest in northwestern Colombia where the cotton-top tamarin is found has been reduced to 5% of its previous area. It is currently classified as critically endangered and is one of the rarest primates in the world, with only 6,000 individuals left in the wild.

Animals of the same family as a Cotton-top tamarin

We found other animals of the Callitrichidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Cotton-top tamarin

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Cotton-top tamarin:

Animals with the same litter size as a Cotton-top tamarin

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (1) as a Cotton-top tamarin:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Cotton-top tamarin

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Cotton-top tamarin:

Animals with the same weight as a Cotton-top tamarin

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Saguinus oedipus: