The Bearded Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator subgrisescens) is a small South American primate.
The Bearded Emperor Tamarin has grey fur with a long, white moustache and white beard. Its hands and feet are black, and its tail is brown. It has claws, which help it to climb trees. It is adept at leaping from tree to tree without touching the ground.
It grows to about 26 centimetres (10 inches) with a 41 centimetre (16 inch) tail.
The Bearded Emperor Tamarin lives in the humid Amazonian lowlands and rain forests in east Peru, north Bolivia, and west Brazil.
It eats fruit and flowers, as well as insects and frogs.
It lives in pairs or groups of 3-8 individual. Each group has only one breeding female. Females and males within the group help to look after they young tamarins.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM