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|The Philippine Tarsier is a tiny animal, measuring about 4 to 6 inches (15 cm) in height. The small size makes it difficult to spot. The average mass for males is around 134 grams, and for females, around 117 grams. The average adult is about the size of a human fist and will fit very comfortably in the human hand.|
Like all tarsiers, the Philippine Tarsier's eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot turn in their sockets. Instead, a special adaptation in the neck allows its round head to be rotated 180 degrees. The large membranous ears are mobile, appearing to be almost constantly moving, causing any movement to be heard. It has uniquely large eyes (disproportionate to its head and body), which are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest eyes on any mammal. These huge eyes provide this nocturnal animal with excellent night vision.
The Philippine Tarsier has thick and silky fur which is colored gray to dark brown. The thin tail, usually used for balance, is naked or bald except for a tuft of hair at the end, and is about twice the body length. Its elongated "tarsus," or ankle bone, which gives the tarsier its name, allows it to jump at least three meters from tree to tree without having to touch the ground. Its long digits are tipped with rounded pads that allow T. syrichta to cling easily to trees and to grip almost any surface. The thumb is not truly opposable, but the first toe is. All of the digits have flattened nails, except for the second and third toes, which have sharp claws specialized for grooming.
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- [2008-05-18 20:56]
Hi , what an interesting creature , well photographed , nice detail and color , TFS
Unbelievable - thank you for the interesting notes. I enjoyed this inforamtion.
- [2008-05-19 0:47]
This is really an unusual animal. Amazing to see the eyes and the reaction to light. Excellent and interesting note to explain the specifities of this Tarsier.
amazing creatures, TFS Ori
This looks like a character out of a cartoon - this creature is incredible. Very interesting little guy. TFS and your excellent notes.
- [2008-05-25 14:27]
Little animal but big eyes! Have never seen it or even heard of this species before. TFS!