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noun, plural: galagos

(1) Any of the species belonging to the family Galagidae

(2) A genus of the family Galagidae commonly referred to as lesser galagos


Galagos are primates belonging to the family Galagidae. They are nocturnal and as such are also called nagapies (meaning "little night monkeys"). They are also called bushbabies because of their appearance and habitat (thick bush). They have large forward binocular eyes. They also have large ears, short snout, strong hind limbs, and long tail. They are agile insect-hunters. They have a grooming claw on the second toes of their hind feet. Apart from insects, they also feed on small animals, gums, and fruits. They make calls that they use to communicate with other galagos. These calls are species-specific and are therefore used by taxonomists to identify and classify them to species level. They are capable of jumping to high levels, such as up to 2.25 m, due to their powerful muscles and energized tendons in their lower leg. Their tail is longer than their head-body proportions. The tail gives them a sense of balance especially during their jumping activities.

The extant genera of family Galagidae include Otolemur (greater galagos), Euoticus (needle-clawed galagos), Galago (lesser galagos), Sciurocheirus (squirrel galagos), and Galagoides (dwarf galagos). One extinct genus is Laetolia.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Strepsirrhini
  • Superfamily: Lorisoidea
  • Family: Galagidae [Gray, 1825]

Other common name(s):

  • bush baby or bushbaby
  • nagapie

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