Slender loris

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Slender lorises[1]
Gray slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Lorisidae
Genus: Loris
É. Geoffroy, 1796
Species
Synonyms
  • Stenops Illiger, 1811
  • Tardigradus Boddaert, 1785

The slender lorises (Loris) are a genus of loris native to India and Sri Lanka. There are two known species:

Some sources list only one species, Loris tardigradus and regard subspecies of lydekkerianus as subspecies instead of tardigradus.[2]

Other names[edit]

Loris is referred to as "Kutti thevangu" in Tamil and "Unahapuluwa" in Sri Lanka.

Habitat[edit]

Slender lorises are found in tropical rainforests, scrub forest, semi deciduous forest and swamps.[3]

Red slender loris
Grey slender loris

Threats[edit]

Along the western region of Tamil Nadu, there is a vigorous clampdown on illegal poaching of slender lorises.[4] Slender lorises are illegally smuggled to supply a growing exotic pet trade and slender loris population is at risk because of this illegal pet trade.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 122. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Loris and potto subspecies - data reviews
  3. ^ "Slender loris". April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Saving the Loris". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Men arrested hiding loris in underwear at Delhi airport". BBC News. 10 September 2012. 

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