Spectral Tarsier Tarsius tarsier

Spectral Tarsier Tarsius tarsier - Asia 3

Spectral Tarsier Tarsius tarsier


Sulawesi, Indonesia

These adaptable creatures are able to cling and leap in the understory of suitable tropical habitats, often two meters or less from the ground. Nocturnal social primates, the Spectral Tarsier likely live in small, monogamous or polygamous groupings of up to 26 individuals, although further study is needed. The home range is believed to be less than one hectare. Their diet is 100% live animal prey, mostly insects with some small vertebrates.

The Spectral Tarsier is a wide-eyed cutie that clings to trees in the forest, they are vulnerable in #Sulawesi #Indonesia. Threats incl. #palmoil #deforestation and the illegal #pettrade. Help them and #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

Spectral Tarsier Tarsius tarsier
Spectral Tarsier Tarsius tarsier

Major threats include habitat loss due to agriculture, illegal logging, mining of limestone for cement manufacture, agricultural pesticides, and predation by domestic animals (dogs and cats). Based on habitat loss alone, this species is considered Vulnerable in that at least 30% of the habitat has been converted in the past 20 years (approximately three generations).

IUCN Red List

From 1990 to 2000, about 15.26% of the forest habitat on the island was converted to agriculture (A. Salim pers. comm.), and since that time at least an additional 10% has been lost.

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Further Information

IUCN Rating vulnerable

Shekelle, M. 2020. Tarsius tarsier. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T162369551A17978304. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T162369551A17978304.en. Downloaded on 08 February 2021.

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