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The pygmy marmoset is native to the Amazon Basin in South America and is thought to be the world’s smallest species of monkey. It weighs around 100g on average and usually measures between 117mm – 152mm in length, excluding the tail. Unlike other primate species, the female pygmy marmosets are actually slightly heavier than the males.
Despite its minute size, pygmy marmosets are well adapted for life in the rainforest and can jump up to five metres from one branch to another; their sharp, claw-like nails enable them to cling to the bark of trees, allowing them to climb with ease.
photo: Don Faulkner / flickr