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Primate Taxonomy

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23) The tarsier also has large eyes and is active at night. Tarsiers are native to the Philippine islands in the Pacific ocean. Like most of the prosimians, they have good grasping ability and their hands have nails, rather than claws, on the fingers. Another closeup -- a tarsier clings to a piece of wood in an upright position.
Notes: Another closeup -- a tarsier clings to a piece of wood in an upright position.
Scientific name: Tarsius bancanus
tarsier -- TAR-see-er
This animal has nails on all fingers and most toes, but there are specialized claws on the feet used for grooming. Have your students look for these "toilet claws".
Photo © by: David Haring

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