What kind of animal is Tarsier? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat The world’s smallest tarsier on Bohol Island


What kind of animal is Tarsier, which is famous in the Philippines? We will thoroughly explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. Did you know about the world’s smallest monkey that lives in Bohol? This tarsier is an idol that is like the mascot of Bohol Island and is very popular among tourists.

Who is Tarsier? About basic status

Tarsier is the world’s smallest tarsier. It is a haplorphine primate of the tarsier family. As for its size, it is the world’s smallest monkey, with a body length of only 118 to 149 mm and a weight of approximately 113 to 142 g. Animals in the order primates are broadly divided into prosimians and eusimians. Tasha is classified as a “prosimian”.

scientific name(学名)Leopardus guigna
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Tarsiiformes、tarsiridae

About classification

Fossils of tarsiform primates have been found throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Tarsiers like Tasha can now only be found in Southeast Asia. Below is a list of extinct monkeys. Tarsiers were distributed in China, Pakistan, and Thailand during the Miocene era, but are now extinct.

  • Tarsius eocaenus (China)
  • Hesperotarsius thailandicus(Thailand)
  • Hesperotarsius sindhensis(Pakistan)
  • Tarsius sirindhornae(Thailand)

About habitat

Tarsier can currently be seen only on Bohol Island, Cebu Island, Philippines. Since it is a tourist spot, it is a place that adults visit on tours. Care must be taken when moving around the island. Please be careful when taking photos at the facility. There are also rules prohibiting humans from visiting. Be careful and move quietly.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Tasha’s big eyes are her charm point. He developed large eyes to help him see at night, but this became his enemy and his eyes stopped moving. Tasha’s neck can now move 180 degrees to the side, making her look like an owl. They are nocturnal creatures, sleeping during the day because they have many predators. They usually climb up trees or hide in hollows on the ground.

What do you think about your personality?

Tasha is very sensitive and sensitive to stress. If they are under a lot of stress, they may commit suicide by banging their head against a tree. There are very strict rules set locally when going to see someone, and tourists must strictly follow them.

About ecology

Tarsiers are insectivores and will jump on and capture invertebrates. They may also eat scarab beetles, small flying frogs, and lizards. During breeding, the gestation period is half a year, and they give birth to one offspring. Primarily Tashas live in small family groups. Their lifespan is very short, said to be 10 to 20 years.

Who is Tasha’s natural enemy?

Since Tasha is a very small animal, it has many natural enemies in nature. They are preyed upon by monitor lizards, owls, and other animals, so they are very careful when living their lives.

Is Tarsier an endangered species?

Unfortunately, the tarsier is listed as an endangered species. A protected area near the town of Cholera on the island of Bohol in the Philippines has been set up and strictly managed. In 2008, it was listed as one of the world’s 25 most endangered primate species by Conservation International and the IUCN/SCC Primate Specialist Group.

Can Tarsier be bred?

Unfortunately, Tarsier are designated as an endangered species, so it is extremely difficult for the general public to keep them. The only way to see it is at a zoo.


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