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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 213 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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POTTO, the native name of the West African slow-lemurs, popularly miscalled " sloths," and scientifically known as Perodicticus, a name referring to the aborted condition of the index finger, which forms their most distinctive feature. The ordinary potto (P. potto) is about the size of a squirrel, but with large staring eyes, and a mere stump of a tail; its general colour is rufous brown. Bates's potto (P. batesi), of the Congo, is nearly allied; but the awantibo (P. [Arctocebus] calabarensis), of Old Calabar, differs by the complete loss of the tail (see PRIMATES).
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