Gray slender loris

Loris lydekkerianus

SUBFAMILY

Lorisinae

TAXONOMY

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.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

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).

DISTRIBUTION

Southern India and Sri Lanka.

HABITAT

Deciduous forest zones. BEHAVIOR

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

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

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).

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably polygamous. Typically gives birth to a single offspring. Gestation period 168 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Because of its large geographical range, this species does not seem to be immediately threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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