Evolution and Systematics
Hairy pads or bristles on the feet of desert creatures help them move on loose sand by providing a braking mechanism as the feet push backwards.
"Soles equipped with bristles or hairy pads are also suitable for locomotion over loose sand. Many desert and steppe dwellers walk on such soft and comfortable soles; notable examples are the tarsiers, Tenebrionidae and Asilidae, the Eligmodontia mouse, the sand cat, and the fennec fox." (Tributsch 1984:73)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:7
Specimens with Barcodes:4
Species With Barcodes:2
Tarsius is a genus of tarsiers, small primates native to islands of Southeast Asia. Until recently, all tarsier species were assigned to this genus, but recently two species were split off into two other genera, while other species were described. All members of Tarsius are found on Sulawesi or nearby Indonesian islands.
- Genus Tarsius
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