Predation on a wild Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta)

Abstract

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.

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Acknowledgements

We thank for the financial support especially to Decin Zoo and following funding agencies and sponsors—Primate Conservation, Inc., Mobility Fund of Charles University, “Nadání Josefa, Marie and Zdeňky Hlávkových” Foundation, Hedvábná stezka, Koktejl, Humi, Evropská cestovní pojišťovna, Sambar sport, Storm and others. We thank to our local partners in the field—The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc., Simply Butterflies Conservation Centre and Bohol Island State University for cooperation and support. Special thanks to volunteers who helped us with field research—Radka Jupová, Ondřej Husák and Pavel Hrouzek, and all other co-workers helping us with the Tarsius Project, especially Václav Řehák, Cristy Burlace, Felix Sobiono, Jose Travero, Sherry Ramayla and Bonn Aure. We thank Carlito, Julius and their assistants for their help with catching of tarsiers and Bryan and Brian Hopkins for language corrections. Thanks to DENR Philippines for providing the permits necessary for our research.

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Řeháková-Petrů, M., Peške, L. & Daněk, T. Predation on a wild Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta). acta ethol 15, 217–220 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10211-011-0096-7

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Keywords

  • Tarsius
  • Tarsier
  • Predation
  • Monitor lizard
  • Varanus
  • Maternal behaviour