Greater galago

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Greater galagos[1]
Greater Bush Baby.jpg
Brown greater galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Galagidae
Genus: Otolemur
Coquerel, 1859
Type species
Otolemur agyisymbanus
Coquerel, 1859
( = Otolicnus garnetti Ogilby, 1838)

Otolemur crassicaudatus
Otolemur monteiri
Otolemur garnettii

The greater galagos or thick-tailed bushbabies are everyday names for three species of strepsirrhine primates. They are classified in the genus Otolemur in the family Galagidae.

  • Genus Otolemur
    • Brown greater galago, Otolemur crassicaudatus
      • Otolemur crassicaudatus crassicaudatus
      • Otolemur crassicaudatus kirkii
    • Silvery greater galago, Otolemur monteiri
      • Otolemur monteiri monteiri
      • Otolemur monteiri argentatus
    • Northern greater galago, Otolemur garnettii
      • Otolemur garnettii garnettii
      • Otolemur garnettii lasiotis
      • Otolemur garnettii kikuyuensis
      • Otolemur garnettii panganiensis

Historical classification and species discovery[edit]

The diversity of galago species has historically been grossly underestimated. In 1931, only 5 species were recognized, 4 in the genus Galago and 1 in Euoticus, and only one species that would later be placed in the genus Otolemur.[2] In 1979, the genus Otolemur was separated from Galago.[3] By 1986, eleven species were recognized with revamped systemic classification including Otolemur crassicaudatus and Otolemur garnettii.[4] Additionally, O. crassidautus and O. monteiri were recognized as separate species instead of O. monteiri as a nested subspecies.[4] By 2001, 23 species were recognized. Classification by vocalization has particularly become prevalent and helpful as a tool in understanding of these species. All Otolemur species exhibit trailing advertising calls.[2]


  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). "Genus Otolemur". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Grubb, Peter; Butynski TM; Oates JF; Bearder SK; Disotell TR; Groves CP; Struhsaker TT (December 2003). "Assessment of the Diversity of African Primates". Internal Journal of Primatology. 24 (6): 1301–1357. 
  3. ^ Olson, T. R. (1979). Studies on Aspects of the Morphology and Systematics of the Genus Otolemur. London: Phd thesis, University of London. 
  4. ^ a b Olson, T. R. (1986). "Species Diversity and Zoogeography in the Galagidae". Primate Rep. 214: 213. 

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