Wet nose primates

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Wet nose primates
Clockwise from top left: Ring-tailed lemur, diademed sifaka, black and white Vari, Darwinius, giant small-eared galago, gray slender lory, gray mouse lemur, finger animal

Clockwise from top left: Ring-tailed lemur , diademed sifaka , black and white Vari , Darwinius , giant small-eared galago , gray slender lory , gray mouse lemur , finger animal

Subclass : Higher mammals (Eutheria)
Superordinate : Euarchontoglires
without rank: Euarchonta
without rank: Primatomorpha
Order : Primates (Primates)
Subordination : Wet nose primates
Scientific name
É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire , 1812

The wet-nosed primates , wet-nosed monkeys or naked- nosed monkeys (Strepsirrhini or Strepsirhini) are related to the primates and are compared to the dry- nosed primates . Traditionally, however, they were grouped together with the Koboldmakis as half-apes .


Wet-nosed primates differ in a number of features from the other suborder, the dry-nosed primates. The name- giving difference is the nasal mirror (rhinarium), which is moist in these animals as in cats , which is also reflected in the better developed sense of smell. Further differences lie in the thumb , which can only be compared to the other fingers to a lesser extent, an existing cleaning claw on the second toe and other anatomical features. In addition, multiple births are more likely to occur in wet-nosed primates, while single births predominate in dry-nosed primates.


  • The present-day distribution area of ​​the wet-nosed primates
  • Location of fossils outside of today's distribution area
  • Five of the seven families live on the island of Madagascar . The other two are found in central and southern Africa and in South and Southeast Asia .


    A distinction is made between three recent partial orders:

    • Partial order Chiromyiformes with only one species on Madagascar
    • Partial order Loriartig (Lorisiformes) with two families in Africa and Asia

    Another group, the Adapiformes , includes a number of extinct species documented from North America and Eurasia from the Eocene to the Miocene .

     Wet-nose primates

    Cat lemurs (Cheirogaleidae)


    Weasel lemurs (Lepilemuridae)


    Indriiformes (Indriidae)


    Common Makis (Lemuridae)

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    Finger animals


    Loris (Lorisidae)


    Galagos (Galagonidae)

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    Individual evidence

    1. Geissmann: Comparative Primatology. 2003, p. 41.
    2. Gisela Grupe, Kerrin Christiansen, Inge Schröder, Ursula Wittwer-Ofen: Anthropologie: An introductory textbook . Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 2005, ISBN 3-540-21159-4 , pp. 5 .
    3. ^ Wolfgang Maier: Primates . In: Wilfried Westheide, Reinhard Rieger (Ed.): Special Zoology. Part 2: vertebrates or skulls . 1st edition. Spectrum Academic Publishing House (Elsevier), Heidelberg / Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-8274-0307-3 , p. 553-573 , here p. 563 .
    4. Malcolm C. McKenna, Susan K. Bell: Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level . Columbia University Press, New York 1997, ISBN 0-231-11012-X , pp. 328 .

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