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PRIMATE SPECIES: Tarsier



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Tarsier
Photo courtesy Univ.of Edinburgh

These tiny prosimians, are named for the tarsal bone in their long hind legs. These powerful legs allow tarsiers to jump from one tree to another, landing on vertical branches. They live in Indonesia, Borneo, and the Philippine Islands. They are primarily meat eaters, foraging for insects and lizards in the night. The average tarsier weighs 4 or 5 oz. and is about 2.5 to 3 in. in length.

Like many other prosimians, the tarsier's existence is threatened by the clearing of forests in its native range.

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