Behavior

All lorisids show cryptic behavior, moving slowly and deliberately through the trees while foraging. This seems to be their primary strategy for avoidance of predation. In fact, members of this family all have low basal metabolic rates, so

A potto (Perodicticus potto) in day nesting hole in Ituri Rainforest Reserve near Epulu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by Animals Animals ©Bruce Davidson. Reproduced by permission.)
A slender loris (Loris tardigradus) with trumpet creeper flowers. (Photo by Animals Animals ©David Haring. Reproduced by permission.)
The Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) is a relatively common species. (Photo by Animals Animals ©Mark Stouffer. Reproduced by permission.)
A potto (Perodicticus potto) in a tree in Ituri Rainforest Reservation near Epulu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by Animals Animals ©Bruce Davidson. Reproduced by permission.)

they are probably constrained to slow movement for energetic reasons. All species show scent marking. They have specialized marking glands in the genital region (scrotal and vulval glands) and some of them (e.g., slender loris) perform "urine washing" in which the palms of the hands and the soles of their feet are impregnated with urine before being applied to the substrate.

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