POTTOS

Perodicticus includes three species.

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Perodicticus edwardsi

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

The Central African potto, also called the Milne-Edwards’s potto, is a primitive primate species, known as a prosimian, belonging to the suborder Strepsirrhini and to the family Lorisidae. It is native to Central Africa, hence, its name. The wide geographic distribution for this prosimian begins in the country of Nigeria…

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East African potto. Photo Credit: © Yvonne A. de Jong/iNaturalist/Creative Commons

Perodicticus ibeanus

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

The East African potto, also known more simply as the eastern potto, occupies an extensive range at the very center of the African continent. Though the largest portion of its range falls within the Democratic Republic of Congo, it also juts into several neighboring countries: the Central African Republic to the north, and…

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Perodicticus potto

CONSERVATION STATUS: NEAR THREATENED

Pottos inhabit a wide geographic range, spanning from the west African coast to Central Africa. These primates are prosimians—the oldest, most “primitive” group of primates—and are the only species in the genus Perodicticus. New potto species have been described within the last 50 years with much debate about which…

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