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Squirrel galago

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noun, plural: squirrel galagos

Any of the species belonging to the genus Sciurocheirus 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 squirrel galagos are galagos species of the genus Sciurocheirus. Species of squirrel galagos include the S. alleni (Bioko Allen's squirrel galagos), S. gabonensis (Gabon squirrel galagos), S. cameronensis (Cross River squirrel galagos), and S. makandensis (Makandé squirrel galago). The Bioko Allen's squirrel galagos are found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria. The Gabon squirrel galagos are found in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo. The Cross River squirrel galagos are found some place in West Africa.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Strepsirrhini
  • Superfamily: Lorisoidea
  • Family: Galagidae
  • Genus: Sciurocheirus [J. E. Gray, 1872]

Other common name(s):

  • squirrel bushbaby

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