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Philippine Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier
Information
Range Philippines
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Tarsiidae
Genus Carlito
Species Carlito syrichta
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta), known locally as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayan and mamag in Luzon, is a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. It is a member of the approximately 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae, whose name is derived from its elongated "tarsus" or ankle bone. It is the only member of the genus Carlito, after the species was removed from the genus Tarsius, a new genus named after the conservationist Carlito Pizarras.

Its geographic range also includes Maripipi Island, Siargao Island, Basilan Island and Dinagat Island. Tarsiers have also been reported in Sarangani, although they may be different subspecies.

It was introduced to Western biologists during the 18th century.

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