Calabar angwantibo

Arctocebus calabarensis

SUBFAMILY

Perodictinae

TAXONOMY

Arctocebus calabarensis (J. A. Smith, 1860), Old Calabar, Nigeria. Most classifications have recognized only a single species in the genus Arctocebus, but there are convincing reasons for raising the golden angwantibo to the rank of a separate species (Arctocebus aureus).

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Golden potto; French: Arctocebe; German: Barenmaki. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Relatively small, with a slender body. Second finger and toe even more reduced than in lorisines. Fur orange-brown dor-sally and white or pale gray to buff ventrally. Head and body length: 9.5 in (24 cm); tail length: 3 in (8 cm). Body mass: males 11 oz (310 g); females 11 oz (315 g).

DISTRIBUTION

Cameroon and Nigeria, north of the Sanaga River and extending westward to the Niger River.

HABITAT

Evergreen tropical rainforests of equatorial Africa, including both primary and secondary forests.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and fully arboreal. Typically moves around slowly and deliberately among fine branches, and is generally cryptic. Forages solitarily, but individual males and females have social contacts through overlapping home ranges.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Listed as Vulnerable.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds predominantly on arthropods (mainly insects) with a complement of fruit.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Typically gives birth to a single infant. Gestation period 134 days. Mating system is not known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Listed as Near Threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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