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February 2020
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Furry and wide-eyed, lorises and pottos are small, nocturnal primates inhabiting African, Asian and Southeast Asian tropical and subtropical forests. Their likeable appearance, combined with their unusual adaptations - from a marked reduction of the tail to their mostly slow, deliberate locomotion, powerful grasping and, in some species, a venomous bite - has led to a significant rise in research interest in the family Lorisidae over the last decade. Furthermore, lorises in particular have featured frequently in international media largely due to illegal trade, for example as pets. This is the first volume to present a full picture of the breadth of research being undertaken on lorisids to aid future studies as well as conservation efforts. Focusing on five key topics: evolutionary biology, ecomorphology, behavioural ecology, captive management and conservation, this book is a vital read for graduate students and researchers in primatology, biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and conservation.


'As is made abundantly clear in this volume, and I know well from my own experience, nocturnal primates are never easy to study in the wild; in addition, pottos and lorises are rarely kept in captivity. Nevertheless, the editors have managed to gather together an impressive array of work from over 70 authors, covering a large number of topics ranging from the fossil record of these species to their conservation, through morphology, ecology, trade and many other subjects. In spite of all the information in this book, it also illustrates how much more research is needed on individual species in different field sites to ensure the conservation of these small, elusive, but fascinating, nocturnal creatures.'

Caroline S. Harcourt - Nocturnal Primate Research Group (Oxford Brookes University) and Folia Primatologica

‘This volume provides a great deal of new information about these extraordinary primates, but even more it emphasizes how much remains to be done.’

John G. Fleagle Source: The Quarterly Review of Biology

'This volume does rate as essential reading for anyone interested in the lorises, and the highly practically oriented conservation section for anyone with an interest in primate conservation.’

Robin Crompton Source: The Primate Eye

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