SPECIES - Galagoides granti (Thomas and Wroughton, 1907)
  • Description
  • Taxonomy
  • Calls
  • Distribution
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • References
grantiDisplay a reddish or red-olive-toned dorsal pelage with a darker head, reddish gray. The tail is brown with a darkened or blackish terminal one-third (Groves 2001). Has an advertising call of incremental type (Bearder et al. 1995, Grubb et al. 2003).

Body measurements:

  • Head and body:  164 (154-181) mm, n = 3
  • Tail: 214 (208-222) mm, n = 3
  • Weight: 136 (110-160) g, n = 3

Common name: Mocambique Galago

Type locality: Coguno, Inhambane District, P.E.A. (Mozambique)

Extract from Honess et al. (2008):

"This species has been considered a subspecies of the East African G. zanzibaricus (e.g., Meester et al. 1986), but the study by Honess has confirmed it should raised to species level on the basis of species-specific vocalizations, reproductive morphology and body measurements. G. granti is probably synonymous with G. nyasae (Elliot 1907)."

Extract from Honess et al. (2008):

"This species occurs along the East African coast between the Rufiji River (Tanzania) in the north and the Limpopo River in southern Mozambique, and is also found inland in montane areas (the Thylo mountains of western Malawi (Wallace 2005), extending westwards into Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Recorded to at least 1,800 m asl (Butynski et al. 2006). A record from Mount Namuli in Mozambique requires verification."

Map: Pink areas illustrate the current estimated distribution of G. granti. Our suggested survey site is found at the northern most tip of its distribution at Kichi Hills (blue placemarker).

Distribution polygon data compiled by Honess et al. (2008). Shapefile downloaded from www.iucnredlist.org.

Extract from Honess et al. (2008):

"This species is present in coastal and submontane evergreen forest, gallery forest, and species-rich woodlands, including some hilly miombo woodlands (e.g., Mahenge foothills) (Butynski et al. 2006)."

Picture: Nematembili Forest Reserve, south Tanzania, illustrate type of habitat where G. granti can be found.

IUCN Category: Least concern (ver 3.1)

Listed on Appendix II of CITES

There appear to be no major threats to this species. It may be threatened in parts of its range, such as in the coastal areas, by localized habitat loss.
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Butynski TM, de Jong YA, Perkin AW, Bearder SK, & Honess PE (2006) Taxonomy, distribution, and conservation status of three species of dwarf galagos (Galagoides) in Eastern Africa. Primate Conservation 21:63-79.

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Grubb P, et al. (2003) Assessment of the diversity of African primates. International Journal of Primatology 24(6):1301-1357. Harcourt, C. S. & Bearder, S. K. A comparison of Galago moholi in South-Africa with Galago zanzibaricus in Kenya. International Journal of Primatology 10, 35-45 (1989).

Honess PE (1996) Speciation among galagos (Primates, Galagidae) in Tanzanian forests. PhD Thesis (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford).

Honess, P, Perkin, A, Bearder, SK, Butynski, TM & De Jong, Y. 2008. Galagoides granti. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 May 2012.

Meester,  JAJ, Rautenbach, IL, Dippenaar, NJ and Baker, C M 1986. Classification of southern African mammals. Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa.

Thomas O & Wroughton RC (1907) 3. The Rudd Exploration of South Africa.—VII. List of Mammals obtained by Mr. Grant at Coguno, Inhambane. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 77(2):285-306.