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Tarsiers
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Tarsiers

Small enough to fit in your pocket, the tarsier is one of the smallest primates — and the only one that’s entirely carnivorous. It can leap 40 times its body length to capture insects and small animals. This nocturnal creature's huge eyes, in relation to body size, are the largest of all mammals.

Have fun exploring the adorably wee tarsier: its ultrasonic calls, flexible neck, and non-reflective eyes..

BBC
Big Green Eyes Hidden in the Woods

Big Green Eyes Hidden in the Woods

Meet a zoologist who’s researching one of the least studied primates in the world, the Philippine tarsier. Sharon Gursky-Doyen's work is linked to protecting this endangered species. More...

Article
Primatologia
eSkeletons: Tarsier

eSkeletons: Tarsier

If you like bones, you'll love exploring the tarsier's skeletal anatomy in this online “bone viewer.” Get a close-up look at its skull, limbs, and feet. More...

Interactive
eSkeletons
Tarsiers Communicate in Secret Speech

Tarsiers Communicate in Secret Speech

No one likes eavesdroppers. Is that why tarsier communicate with ultrasonic sounds, high-pitched squeaks that predators can’t hear? Find out more and listen to a tarsier trill. More...

Article
Science Magazine
A Fool for Tarsier

A Fool for Tarsier

How did a tarsier hunter become an advocate and hero of the endangered primate? Read all about Carlito Pizarras, the extraordinary “tarsier man.” More...

Article
Philippine Tarsier Foundation
Documentary: The Tarsius Project

Documentary: The Tarsius Project

The Tarsius Project is devoted to studying and protecting the Philippine tarsier. Watch a short film on their conservation efforts and what they’ve discovered about this primate. More...

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The Tarsius Project
Minuscule Early Primate Caught on Film

Minuscule Early Primate Caught on Film

Watch a spectral tarsier — one of the shortest primates in the world — hunting insects at night. Learn about its huge eyes and social life. More...

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BBC
Philippine Tarsier

Philippine Tarsier

Among mammals, tarsiers have the biggest eyes in relation to their body. View photos of this cute, carnivorous primate that can rotate its head nearly 360 degrees. More...

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ARKive
Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

The wee tarsier may not seem like a meat-eating predator, but it’s the only primate that's entirely carnivorous. Get more facts about its diet, habitat, range, and natural enemies. More...

Article
Primate Info Net
Spectral Tarsier

Spectral Tarsier

See the acrobatic spectral tarsier leap through the forest at night, catching insects and a juicy lizard. Check out all 3 videos on this nocturnal, chirping primate. More...

Video
ARKive
Tarsier Puzzle

Tarsier Puzzle

After piecing together a digital puzzle, click over to “Learn about Tarsiers“ to gather fun facts on their “Spiderman“ grip and mobile ears. Then take the tarsier quiz. More...

Game
Sheppard Software
“Extinct” Primate Found in Indonesia

“Extinct” Primate Found in Indonesia

Researchers nearly gave up hope on ever finding the pygmy tarsier, which hasn’t been seen alive since the 1920s. Find out more about the rediscovery of this tiny primate. More...

Article
National Geographic

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