Loris tardigradus lydekkerianus Cabrera, 1908. Loris tardigradus was traditionally the only species recognized in this genus, but the far more widely distributed and larger-bodied gray slender loris is now regarded as a separate species (L. lydekkerianus) containing four subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Loris grele; German: Grauer Schlanklori.
Relatively small, with a slender body and spindly limbs. Eyes are conspicuously large, while the snout is narrow. Fur reddish brown dorsally and grayish brown ventrally. Eyes surrounded by dark reddish brown rings. No dorsal stripe present. Head and body length: 8.5 in (21.5 cm); tail length: virtually zero. Body mass: males 9 oz (255 g); females 9 oz (255 g).
Southern India and Sri Lanka.
Nocturnal and fully arboreal. Forages solitarily at night, but individual males and females have social contacts within overlapping ranges. No nests are constructed; animals typically sleep clinging to a branch among dense foliage.
H Nycticebus coucang H Nycticebus pygmaeus H Loris lydekkerianus
Diet consists primarily of arthropods (mainly insects) with a supplement of fruits along with occasional eggs and small vertebrates (e.g., geckos and other lizards).
Because of its large geographical range, this species does not seem to be immediately threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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