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Needle-clawed galago

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noun, plural: needle-clawed galagos

Any of the species belonging to the genus Euoticus of the family Galagidae


Galagos are primates belonging to the family Galagidae. 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. Galagos are nocturnal primates. They hunt at night and feed on insects, small animals, gums, and fruits. They have large forward binocular eyes and large ears. They have a short wide snout. They have a tail that is longer than their head-body proportions. The tail as well as their hind limbs enables galagos to make powerful leaps or jumps. They communicate with each other through calls that are species-specific.

The needle-clawed galagos are those species from the genus Euoticus. They are different from other galagos in having keeled (with prominent central ridge) nails on all digits except for the thumbs and big toes.

The genus Euoticus includes species such as the southern needle-clawed galagos (Euoticus elegantulus) and northern needle-clawed galagos (Euoticus pallidus). The southern needle-clawed galagos are found in Cameroon, Cental African Republican, Republican of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. The northern needle-clawed galagos are found in Nigeria, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Strepsirrhini
  • Superfamily: Lorisoidea
  • Family: Galagidae
  • Genus: Euoticus [Gray, 1863]

Other common name(s):

  • needle-clawed bushbaby

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