acta ethologica

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 217–220

Predation on a wild Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta)

  • Milada Řeháková-Petrů
  • Lubomír Peške
  • Tomáš Daněk
Short Communication


Little is known about predation on the Philippine tarsier. Only one other case of predation, probably by a cat, has previously been reported. In our study, we present two events of predation, one on a female tarsier by a water monitor lizard, another on an infant tarsier by an unknown predator. We also describe the behaviour of the tarsier mother after losing her infant. Our observations extend current knowledge about predation pressure on the Philippine tarsier.


Tarsius Tarsier Predation Monitor lizard Varanus Maternal behaviour 

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© Springer-Verlag and ISPA 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Milada Řeháková-Petrů
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lubomír Peške
    • 3
  • Tomáš Daněk
    • 4
  1. 1.Decin ZooPastýřská stěnaDěčínCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceCharles University in PraguePrahaCzech Republic
  3. 3.Prague 3Czech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural ResourcesCzech University of Life Sciences PraguePraha 6-SuchdolCzech Republic

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