Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Otolemur (Galago) Coquerel, 1859

Prosimian genus to which the greater bushbabies (galagos) belong; two subspecies recognized. Distribution in southern Africa moving from the Atlantic coast east until the Indian Ocean coastline is reached; occupies open woodland and savanna. Arboreal; nocturnal; locomotion is arboreal quadrupedalism and a form of saltation when on the ground. Largest of the galago genera, weighing from 700 to 1200 g. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3; diet varies depending on the season, but is principally frugivory and gummivory. Generally give birth to twins, which are carried in the mouth; female builds nest. Social pattern is noyau.

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