Needle-clawed bushbaby

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Needle-clawed bushbabies[1]
Euoticus pallidus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Galagidae
Genus: Euoticus
Gray, 1863
Type species
Otogale pallida
Gray, 1863

Euoticus elegantulus
Euoticus pallidus

The needle-clawed bushbabies are the two species in the genus Euoticus, which is in the family Galagidae. Galagidae is sometimes included as a subfamily within the Lorisidae (or Loridae).

Unique to the needle-clawed bushbaby are the keeled nails, featuring prominent central ridges ending in needle-like points, present on all digits except the thumbs, the big toes, and the second foot phalanges which have claws.[2]

The first specimen of E. elegantulus to arrive in Europe from Africa was brought by Gerald Durrell. The uncovering of this bush baby is documented in his 1957 book A Zoo in My Luggage.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 123–124. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Ankel-Simons, Friderun (2000). "Hands and Feet". Primate anatomy: an introduction. Academic Press. p. 308. ISBN 0-12-058670-3. (search pages).
  3. ^ Durrell, Gerald (1957). "The bald-headed birds". A Zoo in My Luggage. Penguin. p. 62. ISBN 0140020845.

External links

  • Primate Info Net Euoticus Factsheets

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