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Temporal range: Eocene–present
Brown greater galago ("Otolemur crassicaudatus")
Brown greater galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Infraorder: Lemuriformes
Superfamily: Lorisoidea
Gray 1821

Lorisoidea is a superfamily of nocturnal primates found throughout Africa and Asia. Members include the galagos and the lorisids.[5] As strepsirrhines, lorisoids are related to the lemurs of Madagascar and are sometimes included in the infraorder Lemuriformes,[a][6] although they are also sometimes placed in their own infraorder, Lorisiformes Gregory, 1915.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Although the monophyletic relationship between lemurs and lorisoids is widely accepted, their clade name is not. The term "lemuriform" is used here because it derives from one popular taxonomy that clumps the clade of toothcombed primates into one infraorder and the extinct, non-toothcombed adapiforms into another, both within the suborder Strepsirrhini.[2][3] However, another popular alternative taxonomy places the lorisoids in their own infraorder, Lorisiformes.[4]


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). "Order Primates". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 121–127. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Szalay & Delson 1980, p. 149.
  3. ^ Cartmill 2010, p. 15.
  4. ^ Hartwig 2011, pp. 20–21.
  5. ^ Nekaris & Bearder 2011, pp. 34–35.
  6. ^ Cartmill & Smith 2011, p. 90.
  7. ^ Nekaris & Bearder 2011, p. 38.

Literature cited[edit]

  • Hartwig, W. (2011). "Chapter 3: Primate evolution". In Campbell, C. J.; Fuentes, A.; MacKinnon, K. C.; Bearder, S. K.; Stumpf, R. M (eds.). Primates in Perspective (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 19–31. ISBN 978-0-19-539043-8.
  • Nekaris, N. A. I.; Bearder, S. K. (2011). "Chapter 4: The lorisiform primates of Asia and mainland Africa: Diversity shrouded in darkness". In Campbell, C. J.; Fuentes, A.; MacKinnon, K. C.; Bearder, S. K.; Stumpf, R. M. (eds.). Primates in Perspective (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539043-8.
  • Szalay, F.S.; Delson, E. (1980). Evolutionary History of the Primates. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0126801507. OCLC 893740473.
  • Data related to Lorisoidea at Wikispecies