Arctocebus aureus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Lorisidae

Scientific Name: Arctocebus aureus de Winton, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Golden Angwantibo, Golden Potto
Taxonomic Source(s): Mittermeier, R.A., Rylands, A.B. and Wilson D.E. 2013. Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Volume 3 Primates. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bearder, S., Oates, J.F. & Groves, C.P.
Reviewer(s): Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern as the species is relatively widespread in central Africa, and there are no known major threats resulting in a significant population decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species may occur from the Sanaga River to the Congo River/Ubangi River, but with a very localized and patchy distribution. The range limits of this species are poorly known.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon
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Population [top]

Population:This cryptic species is considered rare in Gabon, where densities of 2 individuals/km² were found in dense primary forest and 7/km² in thickets in secondary forest. Normal census methods are impossible because it hides its head and eyes at the least disturbance.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Confined to vine tangles and areas with abundant young (or slow-growing) leafy stems in the understorey of moist evergreen, lowland rainforests. Large vertical branches are never climbed because the small, narrow hands and feet of this species are adapted only to close around stems less than 6 cm in diameter. This species avoids climbing higher than 15 m (it mostly lives below 5 m) due to heightened competition from birds, less consistent insect resources, more exposure to wind, sun, and predators, and fewer thin-branched tangles to shelter in. It frequently descends to the forest floor for fallen fruits and invertebrates. Caterpillars of all species are eaten, including hairy and distasteful species that are avoided by other insect-predators. The females give birth to one infant twice per year.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is too small and cryptic to face much danger from human predation. Clear-felling and large-scale clearances are the only major threat to their habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by law in Gabon. It is listed as Class B under the African Convention, and under Appendix II of CITES. It is presumably in a number of the new National Parks in Gabon. This is a poorly known species in need of further research.

Citation: Bearder, S., Oates, J.F. & Groves, C.P. 2008. Arctocebus aureus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T2053A9211012. . Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
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