#15 Philippine Tarsier

Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known in the Visayas region as the maumag is an endangered tarsier species native to the Philippines. The tarsier is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.

According to Wikipedia, the tarsier family is about 45 million years old and was only introduced to western biologists in the 18th century.  Since the tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its sockets, its neck can rotate 180 degrees (think of Linda Blair in The Exorcist) allowing this smallest primate to look out for danger.

In terms of appearance, perhaps this is the closest E.T we can have. But don’t get your hopes high to see or spot the tarsier if you happen to be in Bohol or in the Visayas Region. Like other endangered animals, this shy animal is difficult to find or see by coincidence  unless they are in captivity.

Mabuhay ang Philippine Tarsier!

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One response to “#15 Philippine Tarsier

  1. luisa

    it’s cute if it were not for its eyes!

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