Locomotion


normal locomotion: This is a relaxed gait during running, walking, climbing , and jumping, where the tail is extended (Stevenson and Poole, 1976). The gait is quadrupedal (Fleagle, 1988). This species of marmoset moves forward when climbing unlike other primates (Stevenson and Poole, 1976).

bouncing gait: This occurs when the common marmoset is running with an exaggerated bouncing gait, and sometimes the individual bounces off objects (Stevenson and Poole, 1976). This type of locomotory pattern occurs when solitary and during social play (Stevenson and Poole, 1976).

gallop: This is the quickest locomotory pattern shown by the common marmoset, and the tail may be extended or arched (Stevenson and Poole, 1976). This also occurs when solitary or during social play (Stevenson and Poole, 1976).

slide: This is when a common marmoset is on its side and is propelled by the legs and arms (Stevenson and Poole, 1976). This locomotory pattern also occurs when an individual is alone or during social play (Stevenson and Poole, 1976).

tail-bent: This is where an individual bends its tail upon landing unsteadily upon a branch; this is used for balancing (Stevenson and Poole, 1976).

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