Kipper Berven
6A
2/3/08
emperor tamarin
  1. The mammal I chose to study is:
    saguinusimperator
    2. The common name of my mammal is:
    The Emperor Tamarin
    3. The classification of my mammal:

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Mammalia

    Order: Primate
Family: Cebidae
Genus: Saguinus
Species: saguinusimperator


4. What are some of the animal’s physical adaptations to its environment?
The emperor tamarin has sharp claws, so that it can latch onto tree limbs to get food such as fruits, or bird eggs. Also, its small body-weight of 10-14 oz lets them get to food on more frail limbs.

5. What are some of the organism’s behavioral adaptations to its environment?
Some behavioral adaptions to the Emperor Tamarin are that it travels in groups of about 8 animals. Another adaptation is that the males are like nurses to the babies even if they're not theirs.

6. What is the role of your organism in the food chain? Be specific about role as a producer, consumer or decomposer. If a consumer, then describe the food preferences, like herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.
My animal is a consumer, and it is an omnivore. And it lives in the middle area of the canopy. It eats any insects, fruits, and anything else that it can find in the trees such as nectar or sap. It also disperses some of the seeds of the fruits which it eats, so it is important to it’s ecosystem plant life.

7. Describe the biome where this organism lives.
The emperor tamarin lives in the tropical rainforest biome, in Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. It lives in the middle section of the canopy and lives off the fruits, flowers, sap, and insects in its area.
Also, the biome is very humid and perfect for plant growth.


8. Discuss the status of the species. Is it plentiful, threatened, endangered or extinct?
It’s classified as vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union of Conservation for Nature)

9. How do humans impact your organism? (Hot Tip: Think of the HIPPO dilemma – handout)
Emperor tamarins are popular as pets, so many of them are taken from their natural habitats and sold as pets. Also a lot of their habitats are being chopped down to make lumber products.

10. Identify the place(s) on the map where your organism lives. Color in the map accordingly.

My animal lives in rainforests around Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia
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11. Amazing facts:
My animal lives in packs with other species of tamarin and they help each other spot predators. Also, the emperor tamarin usually has twins instead of singles. Another amazing fact is that the babies are mainly born as twins.



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