Cotton-Top Tamarin Skull Replica


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. Named for the white wisps of hair located on its head, this species is arboreal spending much of its time in the canopy foraging.


Cotton-Top Tamarin Skull Replica measures 2.1 inches. Cotton-Top Tamarin Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus is part of the most diminutive family of monkeys, Callitrichidae, the marmosets and tamarins; it weighs 15.2 oz. on average. Its head and body length is 8.2 to 10.2 inches, while its tail is slightly longer at around 13 to 16 inches. The male and female cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus are of a similar size and weight.

Members of the Callitrichinae subfamily including the Cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus have sharp nails on all digits except the big toes, which have the flat nails common to other primates. Tegulae resemble a squirrel’s claws and help with movement through trees. The white hair on the back of the head and neck inspire its common name, “cotton-top”.

The Cotton-top tamarin, Cotton Headed Tamarin, Rufous Naped Tamarin, White Plumed Tamarin or Saguinus oedipus has a long sagittal crest, consisting of white hairs, from forehead to nape flowing over the shoulders.

The skin of the face is black with gray or white bands located above the eyes. These bands continue along the edge of the face down to the jaw.

Tamarins are generally divided into three groups by their facial characteristics: hairy-faced, mottled-faced, and bare-faced. The Cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus has fine white hairs covering its face, but they are so fine as to appear naked, thus is considered a bare-faced tamarin.

Its lower canine teeth are longer than its incisors, creating the appearance of tusks. The Cotton-top tamarin has two molar teeth on each side of its jaw, not three like other New World monkeys.

The Cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus back is brown, and the underparts, arms and legs are whitish-yellow. The rump and inner thighs and upper tail are reddish-orange. Many individuals have stripes or whorls of fur of striking coloration on their throats.

The Cotton-top tamarin or Saguinus oedipus also has whiskers on its forehead and around its mouth. Endangered New World Monkey, North West Columbia.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 2.1 in
Cotton-Top Tamarin Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus: Saguinus
Species: S. oedipus
Binomial name: Saguinus oedipus
A critically endangered species is one that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.