- Calabar Angwantibo
name = Calabar AngwantiboMSW3 Groves|pages=121-122]
status = LC
trend = unknown
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Primate Specialist Group|year=1996|id=2054|title=Arctocebus calabarensis|downloaded=06 May 2006]
genus = "
species = "A. calabarensis"
binomial = "Arctocebus calabarensis"
binomial_authority = (
J. A. Smith, 1860)
The Calabar Angwantibo ("Arctocebus calabarensis"), also known as the Calabar Potto, is a
strepsirrhine primatefrom the Lorisidaefamily. It shares the genus " Arctocebus" with the Golden Angwantibo("Arctocebus aureus"). It is closely related to the Potto("Perodicticus potto") and to the various lorises.
The Calabar Angwantibo lives in the
rain forests of west Africa, particularly in tree-fall zones. In areas where the forest has been cleared, it has been known to live on farmland. Its range covers Cameroon, Nigeriaand Equatorial Guinea. The species takes its name from the Nigerian city of Calabar.
The Calabar Angwantibo weighs between 266 and 465 grams. It has orangish-yellow fur on its back, grey or white fur on its belly, and a distinctive white line on its forehead and nose. Like other
lorids, this angwantibohas a very short index finger, which allows it to get a strong grip on tree branches. The second toe on each foot has a specialised claw that the angwantibo uses for grooming. The Calabar Angwantibo is the only primate to have a nictitating membrane(third eyelid). [Montagna, W., Machida, H., and Perkins, E.M. 1966. The skin of primates XXXIII.: The skin of the angwantibo. "American Journal of Physical Anthropology". Vol. 25, 277-290.]
The Calabar Angwantibo is
nocturnaland arboreal. It stays considerably lower in the trees than the other nocturnal prosimians in its range, and is typically found between 5 and 15 metres above ground. It moves by climbing very slowly through the trees, always grasping branches with at least three of its limbs at a time. During the day the angwantibo sleeps under dense foliage, hanging from a branch.
The Calabar Angwantibo's diet consists mainly of
insects, especially caterpillars, but it also eats some fruit. It will eat strong-smelling insects that other animals reject. Before eating a caterpillar, the angwantibo wipes it carefully with its hands to remove any poisonous barbs.
When confronted by a
predator, the Calabar Angwantibo will roll up into a ball, but keep its mouth open beneath its armpit. If the attacker persists, the angwantibo will bite it and not let go.
Calabar Angwantibos forage for food alone, but each male's territory overlaps that of several females. Angwantibos reinforce social bonds through mutual grooming and scent-marking. Mating takes place only in the final phase of the female's
estrous cycle, and is performed hanging upside-down from a branch. The female gives birth to a single infant after a gestation period of 131 to 136 days; the young are normally born between January and April. Infants are born with their eyes open and can cling to their mother's fur right away.
The Calabar Angwantibo, along with its close relative the Potto, makes a notable appearance in
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturinnovels. Stephen Maturin acquires a Calabar Angwantibo on his travels and becomes 'absurdly attached' to it.
* [http://members.tripod.com/uakari/arctocebus_calabarensis.html Calabar potto ("Arctocebus calabarensis")] at The Primata site
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