Friday Know Your Primate: Senegal Bushbaby

Order: Primates
Family: Galagonidae
Genus: Galago
Species: Galago senegalensis
Bet you thought I had forgotten about the Galagos and Lorises! Today we have the Senegal Bushbaby.

The Senegal Bushbaby is perhaps the most widespread of the bushbabies. It’s range extends from Senegal, in western Africa, through eastern and southern Africa. It inhabits a wide variety of habitats including savannahs, open woodland and forests. It has long legs and ankles bones, making it one of the better leapers in the primate family. It feeds mainly on insects and gums. They tend to forage separately in individual home ranges but may group together in the daytime sleeping nests (they are nocturnal).
On an unrelated note, does anybody have a PDF copy of the article below:

Cramer, DL (1977) Cranialfacial morphology of Pan
paniscus. Contrib. Primatol. 1O:l-64.

If so could you email it to me?

8 Responses

  1. Nice to see yet another missing link in evolution make a splash on the web. They’re primates, just like we are. 🙂

  2. Primates certainly, “missing links” nope.

  3. I think the Pan paniscus craniofacial morphology might be relevant after all. If you did a post comparing craniofacial morphology of a human, a bonobo, and a bushbaby, Tony P. would learn the difference between a near relative and a far relative.
    (Apologies to Tony P. if he was joking.)

    (I’m sorry to say I can’t help you find the paper, but I’m glad to hear you’re working on a post comparing humans, bonobos, afarensis, and other apes…. (hint, hint 🙂 )

  4. I was hoping to have a post along those lines up sometime next week. The problems is that I am not terribly familiar with bonobo cranial anatomy. Most of the articles I have found deal with postcrania – which is an interesting story in itself but not what I’m looking for…

  5. when does the galago wake and start fling to trees at night or morning

  6. They sleep during the day and are awake at night…

  7. if they sleep in the day and are awake at night why have they been spoted in day?

  8. The most common reason for them to be out during the day is that they were disturbed by someone or something. They are primarily nocturnal.

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