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Pygmy tarsier

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noun, plural: pygmy tarsiers

A tarsier species that is endemic to Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, and characterized by having a head-body length of 95 to 105 mm, smaller body weight (i.e. less than 57 g), smaller ears, and hairy tail


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.

Pygmy tarsiers are found in the mountains of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. They are morphologically distinct from other tarsier species in a way that they are smaller and with a small body weight. They weigh less than 57 g. They also have smaller ears and a fur that is tan or buff coloring. Their tail is haired and reaches to about 135 to 275 mm.

Scientific classification:

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

Other common name(s):

  • mountain tarsier
  • lesser spectral tarsier

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