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Wied's marmoset  from  Lars Curfs Wied's Marmoset is a New World monkey that lives in lowland and sub-montane humid forest, seasonal rain forest, and white sand piašava forest of eastern Brazil. They are also known to use cacao plantations which are shaded with some native trees remaining from the original forest, and secondary growth forest in abandoned rubber plantations. They eat fruits, flowers, nectar, plant exudates (gums, saps, latex) and animal prey (including frogs, snails, lizards, spiders and insects). They gouge trees trunks, branches and vines of certain species to stimulate the flow of gum, which they eat, and in some species form a notable component of the diet. Since these are harvested from the middle and lower part of the forest, they often travel and forage in the company of the golden-headed lion tamarin, which is also foraging in the canopy. The coloring of Wied's marmoset is mostly black, with white markings on cheeks and forehead. It has rings on its tail and black tufts of fur coming out of its ears. They are distinguished from the other monkeys of the New World by their small size, modified claws rather than nails on all digits except the big toe, the presence of two as opposed to three molar teeth in either side of each jaw, and by the occurrence of twin births. Unlike other marmosets, they lives in groups consisting of 4 or 5 females and 2 or 3 males (plus children). They are matriarchal, and only the dominant female is allowed to mate. They are highly social, spending much of their time grooming. They have individually distinctive calls, and also communicate through gestures and olfactory markings. The groups defend home ranges 10-40 hectares, the size depending on availability and distribution of foods and second-growth patches. They are currently listed as Near Threatened as they are believed to have experienced a decline in the order of 20-25% over the past 18 years primarily as a result of habitat loss. They are also eaten by birds of prey (the harpy eagle, the gray hawk, the roadside hawk and the white-tailed hawk), felines (the jaguar, jaguarundi and ocelot) and snakes. Since it is rather adaptable to anthropogenic disturbance, declines are unlikely to be such that the species would require listing in a threatened category.


Most of the Time


Jeffrey Zable

I was soloing, and the crowd was swaying back and forth,
some of them yelling, "Go man, go. . ."
Then all of a sudden it started to rain, then hail, then a gust of wind
blew everyone into the air.
I wound up on a pirate ship in the 18th century with a bunch
of guys who were complete savages, but at least they spoke English.
One of them, who was the easiest to understand
said we were on our way to some island where there was lots of rum,
women, and maybe even a couple of buried treasures.
With that I pretty much became a pirate too, my job being to entertain
everyone with stories of what is was like to live in my time.
And, of course, I explained that in some respects not much has changed
in over 300 years, that those with lots of money still have all the power
and are considered smart and good by most people
regardless of how they accumulated their wealth.
And technology is so advanced that we can now replace
body parts and see and talk to each other through computers.
That robots are replacing people's jobs all over the place,
and some people will soon be able to live beyond their natural bodies
by having their brains put into robot machines. . .
and on and on I told a rapt audience
most of whom said they envied me,
living in such exciting times.
But I responded that even though they were exciting times,
I felt lost and confused most of the time. . .

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro Cuban Folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. Recent writing in Serving House Journal, Mocking Heart Review, Kairos, Third Wednesday, Futures Trading, Tower Journal, and many others.

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