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Sangihe tarsier

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noun, plural: Sangihe tarsiers

A tarsier species that inhabits the primary-growth forests as well as in swaps, coconut and nutmeg plantations, and scrubs of Sangihe Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia


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.

The Sangihe tarsier is a tarsier found on Sangihe Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. They mainly inhabit the primary-growth forests. They may also be found in sago swamps, scrubs, and nutmeg and coconut plantations.1 They are very small primate with a weight ranging in average from 100 to 120 grams. The tail is very long relative to the body size. The tail has a few covering of dorsal fur and lacks scales underneath.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Tarsiidae
  • Genus: Tarsius
  • Species: Tarsius sangirensis[Meyer, 1897]

Other common name(s):

  • Sangihe Island tarsier

See also:

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