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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Tarsiidae
Genus: Tarsius
Tarsius bancanus
Tarsius dianae
Tarsius pumilus
Tarsius spectrum
Tarsius syrichta
Tarsiers (family Tarsiidae, genus Tarsius) are a genus of primates, previously classified as prosimians[?], but now classified as haplorhines, though still not considered to be monkeys. Tarsiers have enormous eyes and long feet. They are insectivorous, and catch insects by jumping at them. They are named for the tarsus, which is part of the foot. T. syrichta is the Philippine or Mindanao tarsier.

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