Preliminary identification key for lorises and pottos
Data for some taxa
are still insufficient, based on only few specimens, and it is not sure
whether all museum specimens have been correctly labelled. Differences
between species are limited and measurements or characteristics usually
overlap those of similar taxa, so at present it is not yet possible to
present an identification key which allows safe determination of taxa.
According to Osman Hill and Phillips (1932) in Loris for instance
there is such a variation of colour and markings within populations that
only the average colouration of several specimens of a population in connection
with other differences may serve to distinguish them from other forms.
In addition, verification of taxonomy is still necessary.
|Lorises and pottos: species, subspecies, local populations
Preliminary draft; H. Schulze, B. Meier, H. Fitch-Snyder
amendment: 23 July 2001