White-headed marmoset

White-headed marmoset[1][2]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus: Callithrix
Species: C. geoffroyi
Binomial name
Callithrix geoffroyi
(E. Geoffroy in Humboldt, 1812)
White-headed marmoset range
  • C. albifrons Thunberg, 1819
  • C. leucocephalus Humboldt, 1812
  • C. leucogenys Gray, 1870
  • C. maximiliani Reichenbach, 1862
  • C. melanotis Lesson, 1840

The white-headed marmoset (Callithrix geoffroyi), also known as the tufted-ear marmoset, Geoffroy's marmoset, or Geoffrey's marmoset, is a marmoset endemic to Brazil. It is known as the sagüi or sauim in Brazil.[4]

One of the more common callitrichids in captivity, many zoos keep and breed the species. In fact, some zoos have to use birth-control methods for them.


  1. Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 130. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
  2. Rylands AB & Mittermeier RA (2009). "The Diversity of the New World Primates (Platyrrhini)". In Garber PA, Estrada A, Bicca-Marques JC, Heymann EW & Strier KB. South American Primates: Comparative Perspectives in the Study of Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Springer. pp. 23–54. ISBN 978-0-387-78704-6.
  3. Rylands, A. B. & Mendes, S. L. (2008). "Callithrix geoffroyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. "Callithrix geoffroyi - White-headed Marmoset". Infonatura. NatureServe. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
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