Pygmy tarsier

Tarsius pumilus

TAXONOMY

Tarsius pumilus Miller and Hollister, 1921, central Sulawesi. Treated as a spectral tarsier subspecies for many decades, it regained species level by Niemitz in 1985, which was confirmed later by several authors.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Lesser spectral tarsier, mountain tarsier; French: Tarsier nain; German: Zwergkoboldmaki; Spanish: Tarsero piemeno.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length, 3.8-4.1 in (9.5-10.5 cm); Fur color similar to spectral tarsier, but more curly. Considerably smaller than any other tarsier species.

DISTRIBUTION

Central Sulawesi montane regions (e.g., about 2,625 ft [800 m] above sea level).

HABITAT

Montane foggy rainforests.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and crepuscular. Duetting vocalizations, long high-pitched whistling notes by the female, and a series of calls by the males (about 3 calls/sec).

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Nothing is known.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Data Deficient.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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