Euoticus elegantulus (Le Conte, 1857), West Africa. In many former classifications, this species included the northern needle-clawed bushbaby as a subspecies, but that form is now recognized as the separate species Euoticus pallidus.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Galago élégant; German: Südlicher Kielnagelgalago; Spanish: Abolí, galago elegante.
Fur bright rufous brown dorsally and gray-white ventrally. Mandibular tooth comb notably elongated relative to other teeth. Nails on fingers and toes are strongly keeled and bear sharp tips ("needle-claws"). Head and body length: 8.6 in (21.5 cm); tail length: 12 in (29.5 cm). Body mass: males 10 oz (285 g); females 9 oz (260 g).
Equatorial West Africa: Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo-Brazzaville, and Cameroon.
Primary and secondary evergreen tropical rainforest.
Nocturnal and fully arboreal. A primarily quadrupedal active leaper.
This bushbaby is a specialized gum-feeder and its "needle claws" are typically used for clinging to broad trunk surfaces while collecting gum. In addition to gum, it eats a certain quantity of arthropods (mainly insects). Solitary foraging is the rule, but little is known about the social organization of this species.
Polygynous. Typically gives birth to a single infant. Infants are carried both on the mother's fur and in her mouth. Breeds throughout the year in Gabon. Gestation period unknown.
Listed as Near Threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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