The Taiata mountain dwarf galago Galagoides sp: a new primate for Kenya

  • Andrew Perkin
  • Thomas M Butynski National Museums of Kenya, PO Box 68200, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bernard Agwanda Taital Hills Biodiversity Project, PO Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Benny Bytebier


Surveys in the forests of the Taita Hills yielded a new primate record for Kenya. Based on direct observations and tape recordings of its vocalizations, this primate is identified as a dwarf galago Galagoides sp. Identification to the species level is not possible at this stage as molecular data are not available, and more morphological and vocalization data are required. The vocal repertoire of the "Taita mountain dwarf galago" is qualitatively different from other known populations of dwarf galagos, including the mountain dwarf galago Galagoides orinus and the Zanzibar galago Galagoides zanzibaricus cocos. The Taita mountain dwarf galago might represent a hitherto unknown subspecies, or even species. The possible identity of the Taita mountain dwarf galago is briefly discussed in terms of biogeography. We also confirmed the presence of Garnett's small-eared galago Otolemur garnettii lasiotis and present biometric measurements from trapped animals.

Journal of East African Natural History Vol. 91 (1&2) 2002: pp. 1-13

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