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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: February 2020

7 - The Soft-Tissue Anatomy of the Highly Derived Hand of Perodicticus Relative to the More Generalised Nycticebus

from Part I - Evolution, Morphology and the Fossil Record


The African lorisid subfamily Perodicticinae includes the slow-moving angwantibos (Arctocebus) and the pottos (Perodicticus) (Lambert, 2014), the focal taxon of this chapter. The distinguishing physical features of this subfamily include their short tails and vestigial manual second digit (Charles-Dominique, 1977a). Perodicticus potto, first described by Bosman in 1704 and further characterised by Müller in 1776 (Bosman, 1705; Müller, 1773; Smeenk et al., 2006), was originally placed in the genus Nycticebus by Geoffroy, but the subsequent rediscovery of the animal in Sierra Leone by Bennett in the early nineteenth century became the basis for his naming the genus Perodicticus (Bennett, 1831; Hill, 1953a; Smeenk et al., 2006).

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