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Spectral Tarsier

Tarsius tarsier


small nocturnal primate, endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia. they have enormous eyes, each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain.


tropical rainforest


Tarsiers are one of the main attractions at Tangkoko Batuangus National Park (the other being the black crested macaque). My guide and I went out late afternoon to look for them. He knew a few trees to check, as they live inside tree holes during the day. We found them in the first tree we checked. Three of them living in the tree. At one point all three of them were sitting on the tree, scanning their surroundings, waiting for night to fall. As soon as it got dark, just after 6pm, they left the tree with lightning speed and we soon lost sight of them.

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33 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks a lot for featuring my spotting melanie.

melanie.hill 7 years ago

Wonderful images, Dan! We've just featured this Mission WILD spotting on The WILD Foundation's Facebook page- take a look here:

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks for all the kind comments. I didn't do anything special to get this look. Just being myself, I guess my face was enough for him to turn in his head in bewilderment! Ha!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Beautiful eyes! Thanks for sharing Dan!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

It is amazing how much Tarsiers and insectivorous bats look alike. Love their little spider like hands. What did you promise this one to get that look!

Tom15 7 years ago

Super cute animals Dan! They look like the nice gremlins:-)

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Congratulations Dan!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 7 years ago

This must be an exceptional animal but the pictures you have clicked are very very cute! Especially the first and the last favorites! Congrats.

Tiz 7 years ago

What did you do to earn that look Dan? :D

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Little darlings ! Congratulations Dan and thanks for sharing this.

Annelies 7 years ago

Great spotting! It's so cute :D

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Congrats Dan,

LuisStevens 7 years ago


KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Love the last picture in the series - and I remember reading about this in the blog

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Congratulations, Dan! Great series!

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Karen for SOTD and everyone for all the awesome comments! I really appreciate it.

outsidegirl0 7 years ago

congrats! (already favorited this ;)

Sckel 7 years ago

Congratulations, dear. Fantastic spotting.

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

soooo cute!!!congratulations!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

Great spot Dan! WOW! What an adventure you had. Super adorable! Great series. Congratulations!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Superb Dan!! Congrats and thanks.

Stephen W
Stephen W 7 years ago

Stunning photos of one of my favourite species. Congratulations on SOTD

Jopy 7 years ago

too cute! congrats, Dan!

Congrats Dan, you have the same smile.

Awesome series Dan ,just to beautiful :-) congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing such an amazing spotting page

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Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Spotted on Jan 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 22, 2014


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