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Dians tarsier

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noun, plural: Dian's tarsiers

A tarsier species that is found in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is characterized by having a head-body length that ranges from 11.5 to 12 cm and a tail with a bushy tuft at the distal half and a length of about 22 cm


Tarsiers are species of the family Tarsiidae of the order Primates. They are haplorrhines, i.e. dry-nosed, as opposed to Strepsirrhini primates, which are wet-nosed (rhinarium). The tarsiers are arboreal species and therefore are found in the rainforests. Tarsiers are characterized by their enormous eyes and large, thin ears relative to their head. Their eyes are also fixed in its skull. Their name (tarsier) is derived from another distinctive feature, i.e. having an elongated tarsus (ankle bone). This enables them to leap from tree to tree with ease.

Dian's tarsiers occur in Sulawesi, Indonesia, particularly in the primary, the secondary, and the mangrove forests. They are characterized by a head-body length that ranges from 11.5 to 12 cm and a tail length of 22 cm. They weigh around 100 g. They have a greyish-buff coat and whitish hairs on the upper lip. Their tail has a bushy tuft covering the distal half.1

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Tarsiidae
  • Genus: Tarsius
  • Species: Tarsius dentatus

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1 Tarsius dianae. Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved from [[1]].