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Galago É. Geoffroy, 1796

Prosimian genus to which the bushbabies (galagos) belong. Two to six species, depending on taxonomic scheme used. Geographic distribution in Africa south of the Sahara, where they occupy varied habitats. Arboreal. Nocturnal. Locomotion modes include arboreal quadrupedalism and vertical clinging and leaping. Small, most weighing less than 300 g. Dental formula: 2.1.3.3; possess a dental comb. Diets include frugivory, insectivory, and gummivory. Possess mobile pinnae, lined with rugae, that can move independently, enabling bushbabies to scan for the sound of insects. Foraging pattern tends to be solitary, although some species congregate to form sleeping dormitories during the day. Home ranges overlap to form neighborhoods. Territories marked by urine washing. Some authors include the species found in Otolemur, Galagoides, and Euoticus in Galago.

See Galagidae.

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