Monday, October 1, 2007
Tarsiers: The Anime-Eyed, Frog-Fingered, Mini-Monkeys of the Philippines.
Are Tarsiers the most adorable thing alive? They look like miniature monkeys with disproportionately huge cartoon eyes and E.T. fingers.
-They're gentle (they eat primarily insects), tiny (they literally fit in your hand), endangered, and have been known injure themselves or commit suicide when in captivity.
-Their eyes are too big to move in their sockets so they rotate their head almost a full 360 degrees
-Average Size: 4-6 inches (like a dick!)
-They weigh around 4.5 ounces. A stick of butter weighs 4 ounces. (I don't know how much a dick weighs.)
-They have silky fur with bald tail except for a tuft at the end
-They are solitary, nocturnal, and shy
-They are monogamous or polygamous
-When they're happy, they trill softly and sweetly like birds
-They are so unique that there has been confusing scientific debate over their "order" in the primate family for over a century (You know, the whole "Order>Family>Genus>Species" stuff.)
(If you want to know more about the formal biological taxonomy go here. There are two "Sub-Orders" of Primates: Strepsirrhini and Haplorrhini. Tarsiers get shuffled from one to another.)
-They've been called the world's smallest primate or world's smallest monkey but they're not. The smallest primate is the Pygmy Mouse Lemur while the smallest monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset. The Pygmy Mouse Lemur is only 30 grams (about 1 ounce) and about 2.4 inches (6.2 cm) !! Mouse Lemurs are also adorable but this Pygmy one hadn't been seen for a century and was last spotted in 1993. The smallest monkey title goes to the Pygmy Marmoset even though it's a wee bit bigger than the Tarsiers (cause Tarsiers aren't technically monkeys but they are primates.)
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