Gursky's spectral tarsier

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Gursky’s spectral tarsier
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At Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Family: Tarsiidae
Genus: Tarsius
T. spectrumgurskyae
Binomial name
Tarsius spectrumgurskyae
Shekelle, Groves, Maryanto & Mittermeier, 2017

The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae)[1][2] is a species of tarsier found in the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. A recent taxonomic revision, split this species off from the spectral tarsier and other tarsier species based on difference in vocalisations and pelage.[1][2]


This species is named after Dr. Sharon Gursky, who carried out studies on the species's behavioral ecology (published using the now-superseded taxonomy, with the studied population classified as spectral tarsier Tarsius spectrum).[3] The new name avoids the disconnect between the name used in the earlier publications and Gursky's study population.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Shekelle, Myron; Groves, Colin P.; Maryanto, Ibnu; Mittermeier, Russell A. (2017). Two new tarsier species (Tarsiidae, Primates) and the biogeography of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Primate Conservation 31.
  2. ^ a b "Tiny New 'Forest Goblins' Discovered, Look Like Yoda". 4 May 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  3. ^ Gursky, Sharon L. (2007). The spectral tarsier. Oxon and New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780131893320.