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Lesser galago

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noun, plural: lesser galagos

Any of the species belonging to the genus Galago 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 lesser galagos belong to the genus Galago. They are endemic in Africa inhabiting the forests, savannahs, woodlands, riverine bush, etc. Their fur has brown grey to light grey coloration. They have dark markings around their eye.

Some of the species of this genus includes the following:

  • Galago senegalensis (Senegal galagos)
  • Galago moholi (Moholi galagos)
  • Galago gallarum (Somali galagos)
  • Galago matschiei (dusky galagos)

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Strepsirrhini
  • Superfamily: Lorisoidea
  • Family: Galagidae
  • Genus: Galago [É. Geoffroy, 1796]

Other common name(s):

  • lesser bush baby
  • lesser bushbaby

See also: