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The striped marmoset normally thrives in an
environment abundant in deciduous trees. The lush
greenery provided by the trees gives the striped
marmoset enough nourishment to keep it healthy
during its reproductive cycle, ensuring that newborn
striped marmosets will replace any older ones who
die off. However, in the Torkanda region, which is
known for its large number of deciduous trees, the
striped marmoset population is considered
Which of the following, if true, best explains the
apparent discrepancy in the argument above?
A) Many species of animals that can be found in
the Torkanda region, including brown bears
and flying squirrels, are considered
B) The striped marmoset is thought to be
endangered in several regions of South
America and Africa.
C) The long-eared mongoose, which is indigenous
to the Torkanda region, is a natural predator of
the striped marmoset.
D) The Torkanda region is known for its harsh
winters, where temperatures frequently drop
well below freezing.
E) Striped marmosets have very rapid
metabolism, which is aided by the nutrients
found in the leaves and shoots of deciduous
The only other answer choice that comes close is D, yet the passage doesn`t mention anything at all about the striped marmoset requiring a certain climate to survive, only that it needs the deciduous trees to reproduce.