12 Smallest Monkeys In The World

By Manish Choudhary

Nov 21, 2023

The Pygmy Marmoset, or "finger monkey," is the world's smallest monkey from South America's Amazon rainforests, known for its tiny size, long tail, and distinctive face. 

1. Pygmy Marmoset

Silvery Marmosets, small monkeys from Brazil, have silver fur and live in family groups in tropical rainforests. They eat fruits, insects, and tree sap.

2. Silvery Marmoset

The Common Marmoset, native to northeastern Brazil, is agile with white ear tufts and a long tail. It leaps through trees, hunting for insects, fruit, and small animals.

3. Common Marmoset

White-headed Capuchins, found in Central and South America, are clever monkeys with distinctive white faces. They use tools like stones to crack open nuts.

4. White-headed Capuchin

Black-capped Squirrel Monkeys, from South American forests, are known for their black caps and colorful fur. They spend much time in trees, foraging for fruits and insects.

5. Black-capped Squirrel Monkey

The Black-crowned Dwarf Marmoset, from the Amazon, is a tiny primate with a black crown. These social animals communicate through various vocalizations.

6. Black-crowned Dwarf Marmoset

Red-handed Tamarins, in South American forests, are small monkeys with red fur on their hands and feet, known for being active and playful.

7. Red-handed Tamarin

The critically endangered Golden Lion Tamarin, from Brazil's Atlantic forests, has vibrant orange-gold fur. Conservation efforts aim to protect its dwindling habitat.

8. Golden Lion Tamarin

The Bolivian Gray Titi Monkey, from Bolivia, is a medium-sized primate that forms monogamous pairs in close-knit family groups. They primarily eat fruits, leaves, and insects.

9. Bolivian Gray Titi Monkey

The Pygmy Tarsier, among the smallest primates, is from Indonesia. Nocturnal with large eyes for low light, they have unique physical features.

10. Pygmy Tarsier

Dian's Tarsier, from Sulawesi in Indonesia, is a small primate with large eyes and a long tail. Tarsiers can rotate their heads nearly 180 degrees.

11. Dian’s Tarsier

The Dusky Titi, from South America, is a medium-sized monkey with long, soft fur. They're known for forming close bonds with mates through social grooming and communication.

12. Dusky Titi

Small monkeys like the Pygmy Marmoset and Red-handed Tamarin are interesting and diverse. They play a vital role in their habitats, highlighting the importance of preserving their environments.