Lorises and pottos

(Lorisidae)

Class Mammalia Order Primates Family Lorisidae

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Relatively small, fully arboreal mammals inhabiting tropical and subtropical forests; their most prominent features are marked reduction of the tail and of the second digits of the hands and feet, in association with their slow, deliberate locomotion involving powerful grasping

Size

Relatively small body size, ranging from the gray slender loris (head and body length: 8.5 in, 21.5 cm); tail length: virtually zero; body mass 9 oz (255 g) to the potto (head and body length: 15 in, 37.5 cm); tail length: 2.5 in (6.5 cm); body mass 2 lb 11 oz (1,230 g)

Number of genera, species

5 genera; 9 species

Habitat

Lorisids occur in a range of tropical and subtropical forest habitats

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 2 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 2 species; Data Deficient: 1 species

Distribution

Forested areas of Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia

Distribution

Forested areas of Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia

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