Smallest Primate

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The World Record of ‘smallest primate’ has been achieved by tarsier measures from The Philippines.

The smallest primate, Philippine Tarsier is only about 85 to 160 mm (3.35 to 6.30 in) in height. The mass for males is between 80–160 g (2.8–5.6 oz). The average adult is about the size of a human fist. The small size makes it difficult to spot.

The newborn tarsier is born with much fur and eyes open. The body and head length of newborn tarsier is about 70 mm, and its tail is around 115 mm long. The Philippine tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot turn in their sockets. Instead, a special adaptation in the neck allows its round head to be rotated 180°. Their eyes are disproportionately large, having the largest eye-to-body size ratio of all mammals.


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