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Tarsier Research Paper

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Classification and Habitation Tarsiers are small species of arboreal primates that usually inhabit well-vegetated forests. They are mostly found on islands in southeast Asia exclusively in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the southern Philippines. Tarsiers can be identified into three groups that are based upon their geographic location: the Western Tarsier, Eastern Tarsier, and the Philippine Tarsier. Western Tarsiers are generally found in lowland forests or low mountain forest on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra, Bangka, Belitung, Kalimantan, and surrounding islands. Eastern Tarsiers are generally found in differed levels of rests on Sulawesi and surrounding islands. The Philippine Tarsier are generally found in lowland forests and are distributed across various islands in the southern Philippines including Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.

2. Appearance and Features The appearance of the tarsier differs between species. However, all are similar in that they have a small, stocky body with a long tail that is either sparsely cover in fur or has a tuft at the end in which they use for balance. They fur coats vary from grey to brown in color. The tarsier has long hind legs that enables them to
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The females give birth to a single baby after a gestation period that often lasts for six months. Baby tarsiers are well-developed as they are born with a full coat of fur, open eyes, and the ability to climb at just a day old.Infant tarsiers are carried around in their mother’s mouth or cling onto her fur and are suckled by their mother for about two months. Once they begin eating an adult diet and are able to hunt on their own, the young tarsier is able to establish its own territory on their own. Tarsiers are able to reproduce by the time they are between one to two years old. The life span of a tarsier depend on the species as Western and Eastern tarsier can be 12-15 years old, while the Philippine tarsier can reach up to 20 years
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