Jan 6, 2009

Monkey Chimera

Chimeras of Greek lore didn't come in monkey varieties as far as I know, but there's a first time for everything.

This fellow looks like an amalgam of several creatures: brown-coated rodent for hindquarters, a yeti upper half, and a bat-eared face of evil. Can it fly? Does it shoot iron spikes out of its tail?

Anyone know what kind of monkey it is? I imagine that with a simple peeling back of its lips it could flash some hefty canines.

UPDATE: Christopher Taylor has identified this monkey as a bare-faced tamarin (Saguinus bicolor).

Photo source: Richard Lowkes

9 comments:

jynxkat said...

looks like some kind of tamarin- i bet he's tiny awww

Anonymous said...

Definitely in the gargoyle family.

Christopher Taylor said...

It's a bare-faced tamarin (Saguinus bicolor). They're found in northern Brazil, near Manaus.

Danielle said...

But don't they look super soft?
:)

Flartus said...

You mean, this isn't one of the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz, decked out in its formal winter coat (made of the fur of innocent bunnies snatched from the ground with a whoop and a cackle)?

Theodosia said...

DISAPPROVING MONKEH IS BALD AND DISAPPROVING

amanda said...

Adult weight is just over a pound. Yep, tiny.

Marcelo Perlingeiro said...

It is, in fact, a Saguinus bicolor, known in Brazil as "Saium-de-coleira". That species is only found near Manaus, state of Amazonas, Brazil, where it is commonly spotted in parks and forest reservations.

M07h3rFuCk3R said...

Here in the states, they're called Pied Tamarins. They have some here in Chicago at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_Tamarin

They're feisty little buggers too. I've had one stand up on its hind legs and pound it's fists on the glass of his enclosure while staring me down.