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marmoset

(mär`məzĕt'), name for many of the small, squirrellike New World monkeysmonkey,
any of a large and varied group of mammals of the primate order. The term monkey includes all primates that do not belong to the categories human, ape, or prosimian; however, monkeys do have certain common features.
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 of the family Callithricidae. Members of this family are all found in tropical South America, with one species found also in Central America. They range in size from the pygmy marmoset, which is 8 in. (20 cm) long including the tail and weighs 3 oz (85 g), to species about the size of house rats. Many of the larger species are called tamarins. Most marmosets and tamarins are brightly colored, and many are ornamented with manes, ear tufts, or mustaches. Their tails are long and furry. Day active, gregarious animals, they scurry through trees and chatter in shrill voices. They feed on plant matter as well as on insects and other small animals. Females usually bear twins, and it is claimed that in some species the male takes a large part in the care of the young. Most spectacular is the golden lion marmoset, with flaming, golden fur and a luxuriant mane. Marmosets have long been valued as pets. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Callithricidae.

Marmoset

An antic figure, usually grotesque, introduced into architectural decoration in the 13th century.

marmoset

[′mär·mə‚set]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of 10 species of South American primates belonging to the family Callithricidae; individuals are primitive in that they have claws rather than nails and a nonprehensile tail.

marmoset, marmouset

An antic figure, usually grotesque, introduced into architectural decoration in the 13th cent.

marmoset

1. any small South American monkey of the genus Callithrix and related genera, having long hairy tails, clawed digits, and tufts of hair around the head and ears: family Callithricidae
2. pygmy marmoset a related form, Cebuella pygmaea: the smallest monkey, inhabiting tropical forests of the Amazon
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The raid, on Friday night, was the second within two weeks at the zoo - a baby from the same family was snatched in a similar break-in on Tuesday March 7 - and means its entire stock of Common Marmosets has been stolen.
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