Significance to humans

Tarsiers are too small to be hunted. With only one young per year they do not have the potential to be pests. Since they eat many harmful insects including grasshoppers, moths, and caterpillars, they may play an unquantified role as pest control agents in agroforestry. However, tarsiers are at risk, if insecticides are applied by humans. With their huge eyes tarsiers appear in very different kinds of art, from an edging of the famous "Vienna School" to the cover of a science fiction novel. Also, the famous extraterrestrial movie creature E.T. undoubtedly shows the features of a tarsier.

1. Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta); 2. Dian's tarsier (Tarsius dianae); 3. Western tarsier (Tarsius bancanus); 4. Spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrum). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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