Dietary choices by four captive slender lorises (Loris tardigradus) when presented with various insect life stages.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The slender loris (Loris tardigradus) is a rare, nocturnal prosimian found only in the tropical rainforest of southern India and Sri Lanka. Little is known about their diet, though it is assumed that insects comprise a majority of their wild diet. Based on this assumption, captive lorises are offered a variety of insects or insect life stages; the species of insect or the life stage is often determined by what is easiest to buy or rear. Captive lorises at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) were offered the opportunity to choose which life stage of mealworms (Tenebrio molito), superworms (Zophobus morio), or waxworms (Galleria mellonella) they preferred. The DLC captive lorises did not select the largest life stages of any insect offered. They preferred the larvae stage to the adult stage in all three insect species, and males and females had different insect species and life stage preferences.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clayton, JB; Glander, KE

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 189 - 198

PubMed ID

  • 20872876

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2361

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-3188

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/zoo.20346


  • eng