Feeding ecology and diet

Members of this family typically consume a mixed diet of fruit and arthropods (mainly insects), and they may also eat small vertebrates and birds' eggs. The proportions of fruit and arthropods vary between species, with small-bodied species tending to be more insectivorous and large-bodied species tending to be more frugivorous. There is a common tendency to feed on insect species that are generally regarded as unpalatable. Some species include plant exudates (gums) in their diets, and the pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) may be a specialized gum-feeder.

The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is found in China, Vietnam, and Laos. A juvenile is pictured here. (Photo by Rod Williams/Na-turepl.com. Reproduced by permission.)

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