Get To Know The Prosimians

There are hundreds of species of primates living all over the world. Primates can be grouped into 3 main categories. Prosimians, monkeys of the New World and monkeys and apes of the Old World. Most people are familiar with the popular apes seen on TV. But the lesser known prosimians are equally as special. Prosimians are considered the most primitive of primates. They are native to Madagascar but also found in Asia and Africa. They tend to have smaller brains and bodies by comparison to other primates, are nocturnal, and rely on their sense of smell. They also lack color vision. Get to know a few of them here!

tarsier

Tarsius

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lemurs

Lemur catta

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loris

N. borneanus

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tarsier

Tarsius

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Galagidae

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spectral tarsier

Tarsius spectrum

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Horsefield’s tarsier

Cephalopachus bancanus

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pygmy tarsier

tarsius pumilus

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Philippine tarsier

carlito syrichta