What is a prosimian?

  • Prosimians are one of the two suborders of Primates.
  • Ring-tailed-lemur-with-young-on-back.jpg
  • General characteristics of Prosimians
    • Small bodies
      • All smaller than 10 kg
    • Many are solitary
    • Chemical communication via scent marking or through olfactory communication
    • Toothcomb
      • Modified incisors and canines
    • Grooming claw on 2nd toe
    • Tend to be nocturnal
    • Tapetum lucidum
    • Location
      • Old world
    • Examples of prosimians
      • Lemurs
        • Only found in Madagascar
        • Male-black-lemur.jpg
      • Lorises
        • All are nocturnal
        • All park infants
        • A-Javan-slow-loris-amongst-branches.jpg
      • Pottos
        • Africa only
        • Scapular shield
          • Raised tubercles on back that are covered by thick skin and bristles
          • Used for defense
        • Potto-.jpg
      •   Galagos
        • Bushbabies
        • Africa only
        • Carry infants in their mouth
        • Urine washing
          • Scent marking for territorial reasons and for better grip
        • Side-profile-of-southern-lesser-galago-.jpg
      •   Tarsiers
        • Asia only
        • Nocturnal
        • Park infants
        • No tapetum lucidum
        • Large eyes
        • Elongated tarsal bones
        • Female-Lariang-tarsier-on-branch.jpg

 

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