The pygmy tarsier is not extinct
This is a repost: After transferring this site to a new web host, I can’t seem to find this post, so I’m just re-posting it. “The Pygmy Tarsier is not extinct”
This morning I got curious about this pygmy tarsier hype on the internet so I’ve done some “Googling” about them. How are they different for the Philippines’ world famous tarsiers?
Tarsiers are prosimian primates of the genus Tarsius, a monotypic genus in the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia.
The Pygmy Tarsier (Tarsius pumilus), also known as the Mountain Tarsier or the Lesser Spectral Tarsier, is a nocturnal primate found on central Sulawesi, Indonesia, in an area with lower vegetative species diversity than the lowland tropical forests. The Pygmy Tarsier was once believed by some to be extinct until 2000, when Indonesian scientists accidentally killed one while trapping rats. The first Pygmy Tarsier seen alive since the 1920s were found by a research team from Texas A&M University on Mount Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in August 2008.
The pygmy tarsiers were found on mountainsides above 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) in elevation, amid damp, dangerous terrain. “I actually broke my fibula walking around there,” Texas A&M University anthropologist and expedition leader Sharon Gursky-Doyen said to msnbc.com.
The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known locally as the Maumag in Cebuano/Visayan, is an endangered tarsier species endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. Its name is derived from its elongated “tarsus” or ankle bone.
The Pygmy tarsier is scary but Our very own Tarsier of Bohol is a little less freaky. Visit bohol.ph for more info.