Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939

Main report: Two New Species of Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesia
(Sci-News)
Other Reporting: Texas A&M Today, National Geographic News
Scientific Paper: Primate Conservation   
New Taxa: Tarsius spectrumgurskyae, Tarsius supriatnai
Common Name: Gursky’s spectral tarsier, Jatna’s tarsier
Species named for: Dr. Sharon Gursky, Dr. Jatna Supriatna
Categories: Mammals | New Species
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Two new tarsier species are described from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi.  Distinct vocalizations helped classify these tarsiers as distinct species.  With these two new species, the total number of primates in Indonesia rises to 80 and the number of recognized tarsier species from Sulawesi and nearby islands rises to 11.

Tarsius spectrumgurskyae. Photo by Myron Shekelle

The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) from Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Alfrets Masala / Shekelle et al / Primate Conservation.

The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) from Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Alfrets Masala / Shekelle et al / Primate Conservation.

The Jatna’s tarsier (Tarsius supriatnai). Photo: Russell Mittermeier / Shekelle et al / Primate Conservation.

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