Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Skull measures 2.1 inches. Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Scientific name is Leontopithecus chrysomelas. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Golden-Headed lion tamarin or Leontopithecus chrysomelas, also known as the golden marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Callitrichidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the golden lion tamarin is an endangered species.

The range for wild Golden-Headed lion tamarin or Leontopithecus chrysomelas individuals is spread across four places along southeastern Brazil, with a recent census estimating 3,200 individuals left in the wild and a captive population maintaining about 490 individuals among 150 zoos.

Golden-headed tamarins or Leontopithecus chrysomelas are found only in Brazil. Due to habitat destruction, they are confined to the southern part of the state of Bahia, Brazil. The physical appearance of Leontopithecus chrysomela is similar to other species of tamarins. It has relatively large canines with a small head and body. It is mostly black with a thick, long golden mane.

The Golden-headed lion tamarin or Leontopithecus chrysomelas tends to defend a large home range relative to its small body size, (ranging from 40–320 hectares). It has a very wide diet; it eats plants, fruits, flowers, nectar, insects and small invertebrates; which include insect larvae, spiders, snails, frogs, lizards, bird eggs and small snakes. Typically, fruits are eaten shortly after awaking, as the fruit sugars provide quick energy for hunting later on.

The Golden-headed lion tamarin or Leontopithecus chrysomelas searches for animal prey within epiphytic bromeliads; if its home range does not contain many bromeliads, then it will also forage in crevices, holes in trees, between palm fronds and in leaf litter. It occasionally eats gum, but this behavior is rare in this species of tamarin. Since its habitat is fairly stable within the rainforest, its preferred food is available year-round and they do not need to resort to the low nutritional value of exudates.

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Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 2.1 in
Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus: Leontopithecus
Species: L. chrysomelas
Binomial name: Leontopithecus chrysomelas
Conservation status: Endangered – An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct in the near future. Endangered as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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