Potto Female Skull Replica


The West African potto (Perodicticus potto) is a species of nocturnal strepsirrhine primate. It is found in tropical West Africa. It is also known as Bosman’s potto, after Willem Bosman, who described the species in 1704. It is the type species of the genus Perodicticus.


Potto Female Skull Replica measures 61mm or 2.4 inches. Potto Female Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast is of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Perodicticus potto is a strepsirrhine primate of the family Lorisidae. It is the only species in the genus Perodicticus. It is also known as Bosman’s potto, after Willem Bosman who described the species in 1704.

In some English-speaking parts of Africa, it is called a “softly-softly”. The Perodicticus potto grows to a length of 30 to 39 cm, with a short tail, and its weight varies from 21 to 56 oz. The close, woolly fur is grey-brown.

The index finger is vestigial, although it has opposable thumbs with which it grasps branches. Like other strepsirrhines the Perodicticus potto has a moist nose, toothcomb, and a toilet claw on the second toe of the hind legs.

In the hands and feet, fingers three and four are connected to each other by a slight skin fold, while toes three through five are joined at their bases by a skin web that extends to near the proximal third of the toes.

Perodicticus potto neck has four to six low tubercles or growths that cover its elongated vertebrae which have sharp points and nearly pierce the skin; these are used as defensive weapons.

Both males and females have large scent glands under the tail which they use to mark their territories and to reinforce pair bonds. The Perodicticus potto has a distinct odor that some observers have likened to curry.

Perodicticus potto inhabits the canopy of rain forests in tropical Africa: from Nigeria, Guinea to Kenya and Uganda into the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo It is nocturnal and arboreal, sleeping during the day in the leaves and almost never descending from the trees.

Primate Lorisidae, single species of tropical forest zone of Guinea, W. Kenya, Central Zaire and Ghana.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 2.4 in
Potto Monkey Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lorisidae
Subfamily: Perodicticinae
Genus: Perodicticus
Bennett, 1831
Species: P. potto
Binomial name: Perodicticus potto
Conservation status: Near Threatened