Senegal bushbaby

Galago senegalensis

SUBFAMILY

Galaginae

TAXONOMY

Galago senegalensis E. Geoffroy, 1796, Senegal. Originally included the Moholi bushbaby, which is now recognized as a separate species (Galago moholi).

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Northern lesser bushbaby; French: Galago du Sénégal; German: Senegalgalago.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Fur almost pure gray dorsally and yellowish white ventrally. Eyes surrounded by thick, dark eye-rings separated by a pale nasal stripe. Head and body length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm); tail length: 10.5 in (26 cm). Body mass: males 11 oz (315 g); females 9 oz (250 g).

DISTRIBUTION

Range extends from Senegal in the west across to northern Somalia in the east and southward in East Africa to the southern limit of Tanzania.

HABITAT

Deciduous woodland savanna and open woodlands.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and essentially arboreal, occasionally descending to the ground while foraging. Specialized vertical-clinger-and-leaper. Little studied in the wild, so the social system is unknown.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds primarily on gum and arthropods (mainly insects). May eat some fruit as well.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygynous. Single births are typical, although twins are born occasionally. Gestation period 142 days. Two clear birth peaks per year, separated by 4 months.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Relatively common and not immediately threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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