Potto (Perodicticus potto)
This species inhabits all strata of lowland and montane tropical moist forest, swamp forest, and other lowland forest types. It is commonest in secondary and colonising forests, and along the margins of these forests.
Its diet shows distinct seasonal variation: gums are dominant during drier periods, with insects, snails, and fruits (such as figs and Myrianthus) taken during the rains. Pottos are solitary animals, but do display some degree of sociality (Pimley et al. 2005;Charles-Dominique (1977).
This species has a wide range from about Sierra Leone and south-eastern Guinea to south-western Kenya, at elevations of 600 to 2,300 m asl, with an isolated population east of the rift valley (Butynski and De Jong 2007; Pimley and Bearder in press). Surprisingly, there are no records at all for Tanzania (see Butynski and De Jong 2007).
Grubb et al. (2003) recognized three subspecies; P. p. potto, P. p. edwardsi and P. p. ibeanus. Several of these subspecies may actually deserve recognition as distinct species, but they are retained here as subspecies following Grubb et al. (2003) and Pimley and Bearder (in press). Butynski and De Jong (2007) described a fourth subspecies, P. p. stockleyi from Mt Kenya.
Researchers: Elizabeth Pimley