Philippine tarsier

If human eyes were of the equal relative size their eyes, they would be as big as grapefruits!

Charly Severino

Bad news: it is one of the world’s cutest & smallest primates. They have short, soft fur in different shades of brown, sometimes with reddish or grey hues. Their eyes are fixed on the skull, so they cannot move them. Therefore, they can move their head 180o in each direction, the greatest angle of any mammal.

These animals are shy as well as nocturnal, and they lead a mostly hidden life. During the day, they sleep in dark hollows close to the ground, shrubs, and near tree trunks. They forage at night and prey on insects, spiders, birds, lizards, and other small vertebrates.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Philippines
700
NT
2015
Bohol

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No

Philippine tarsier on banknotes

Philippines 200 Piso (2015)