The Tarsier Pygmy Monkey: Rediscovered and Fascinating
Meet the Tarsier pygmy monkey, the tiniest primate on Earth, measuring between 85 and 160 mm in height and weighing 600 g.
While we often debate the cuteness of puppies and kittens, have you ever considered the existence of equally adorable creatures? The Tarsier pygmy monkey is one of them, particularly as one of the smallest monkeys on the planet.
Tarsier, the world’s smallest currency, is believed to be extinct.
Let’s explore the charm of this little creature by delving into the article below.
The Tarsier pygmy monkey, one of the tiniest and rarest primates, was thought to have gone extinct in 1921. However, they “reemerged” 86 years later.
In 2008, scientists rediscovered the Tarsier pygmy monkey in Indonesia and some Southeast Asian countries—its main habitat.
The Tarsier pygmy monkey resembles a mouse—about 85-160 mm tall, weighing 600 g—with big eyes and ears.
Their large ears effectively aid dwarf monkeys in listening to the movements of prey such as insects, birds, snakes, or lizards.
Tarsier pygmy monkeys also have thick fur to keep their bodies warm in cold and wet environments.
Unlike other primates with fingernails and toenails, pygmy monkeys have curved claws to cling to moss-covered trees.
The hind limbs of the Tarsier pygmy monkey are quite long, especially the instep. Thanks to these legs, Tarsiers can move smoothly through tree branches at night.
Their single jump can be as long as 40 times their body length.
Tarsier pygmy monkeys appeared on Earth 45 million years ago and were widely distributed in many areas. However, this monkey is currently endangered.
The main reason is that their habitat is shrinking, and many wild cats see them as prey to hunt.
On the other hand, locals regularly capture this rare monkey to feed and sell to tourists.