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Containing group: Primates

Other Names for Tarsius


Beard, K. C. 1998. A new genus of Tarsiidae Mammalia: Primates from the middle eocene of Shanxi Province, China, with notes on the historical biogeography of tarsiers. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History 34:260-277.

Groves, C. P. 1998. Systematics of tarsiers and lorises. Primates 39:13–27.

MacKinnon, J. R., and K. S. MacKinnon,. 1980. The behaviour of wild spectral tarsiers. Int. J. Primatol.1:361–379.

Mein P. and L. Ginsburg. 1997. Les mammifères du gisement miocène inférieur de Li Mae Long, Thaïlande : systématique, biostratigraphie et paléoenvironnement. Geodiversitas 19(4):783–844.

Merker, S. NS C. P. Groves. 2006. Tarsius lariang: A new primate species from western central Sulawesi. International Journal of Primatology 27(2):465-485.

Musser, G. G., and M. Dagosto. 1987. The identity of Tarsius pumilus, a pygmy species endemic to the montane mossy forests of Central Sulawesi. Am. Mus.Novit.2867:1–53.

Niemitz, C., ed. 1984. Biology of Tarsiers. Gustav Fischer, Stuttgart, New York.

Niemitz, C., A. Nietsch, S. Warter, and Y. Rumpler. 1991. Tarsius dianae: a new primate species from Central Sulawesi (Indonesia). Folia Primatol. 56:105–116.

Purvis, A. 1995. A composite estimate of primate phylogeny. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (Series B), 348:405-421.

Rasmussen, D.T., G.C. Conroy, and E.L. Simons. 1998. Tarsier-like locomotor specializations in the Oligocene primate Afrotarsius. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 95:14848-14850.

Rossie, J. B., X. J. Ni, and K. C. Beard. 2006. Cranial remains of an Eocene tarsier. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 103(12):4381-4385.

Wright, P. C.. E. L. Simons, and S. Gursky. 2003. Tarsiers. Past, Present, and Future. Rutgers University Press.

Shekelle, M., Leksono, S. M., Ichwan, L. L. S., and Masala, Y. (1997). The natural history of the tarsiers of North and Central Sulawesi. Sulawesi Primate Newsletter 4(2): 4–11.

Shekelle, M., Morales, J. C., and Melnick, D. (2001). Genetic and acoustic evolution among Eastern tarsiers of northern and central Sulawesi. Presented at the XVIIth Congress of the International Primatological Society, Adelaide, Australia,7–12January2001.

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Scientific Name Tarsius syrichta
Location Tarsier Sanctuary, Corella, Bohol, Philippines
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Tarsier Sanctuary, Corella, Bohol
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2007 Kok Leng Yeo
Scientific Name Tarsius tarsier
Location captive, Grand Naemundung Mini Zoo, Tandurusa, Bitung, North Sulawesi
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Image:Tarsius_tarsier_Tandurusa_zoo.JPG
Source Collection Wikimedia Commons
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2008 Sakurai Midori
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