Tiny Primates With Ultrasonic Vocal Skills
By SINDYA N. BHANOO, The New York Times February 9, 2012
One of the world’s smallest primates turns out to be the only one that is ultrasonic, making and receiving calls that are outside the range of human hearing.
The animal is the tarsier, a five-inch-tall creature with pointy ears and large, round eyes. Tarsiers (pronounced TAR-see-ers) are considered endangered and are found only on islands in Southeast Asia — the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra. Read more
The capuchin has a long prehensile tail, that can wrap around a branch for support – freeing their hands while foraging for food. The tail is also used for balance and serves as a brake while descending. Locomotion is mainly quadrupedal while traveling through the trees.
In 1994, I conducted an extensive search for primate images on the Internet. At that time there were no books that had information and images of all living primate species. Unfortunately, I only found a few good primate photos and no organized image database on the Internet.
The Primate Gallery is an effort to collect images of all living primate species and distribute them for free on the Web. When the site was launched in early 1995 it was one of the first Web sites focusing on primatology and the first primate image database.
For the first few years, the website was hosted at a research center in Seattle. Later the content moved to a faster web server at the University of Washington. In 2012, the Primate Gallery was reformatted to be hosted as a WordPress blog.
– Tim Knight, Curator