Definition of angwantibo in US English:


nounPlural angwantibos

  • A small rare nocturnal primate of west central Africa, related to the potto.

    Arctocebus calabarensis, family Lorisidae

    • ‘The angwantibo, or 'golden potto' as it is sometimes referred to as, is an elusive creature native to Ethiopia but is also found in parts of the Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.’
    • ‘The Angwantibo is found in a very limited areas of equatorial west Africa in southern Nigeria, souther Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, and western Zaire.’
    • ‘But there are other faces in the primate clan - a host of engaging oddities, peculiar and secretive creatures that most of us have never seen: pottos and tarsiers, lorises and galagos, angwantibos and more.’
    • ‘The fact that the Calabar and Golden angwantibos (Arctocebus calabarensis and A. aureus) remain some of the least studied nocturnal prosimians and are also listed as endangered makes it essential to increase our knowledge of these secretive primates.’
    • ‘The lorises and related mainland African species (pottos, angwantibos, and galagos) are members of the Infraorder Lorisiformes.’
    • ‘COA officials said that the angwantibo - a kind of loris originating in West African forest - has won the hearts of local people because of its tiny size of less than 30 cm.’
    • ‘The angwantibo ranges in Cameroon and Nigeria, between the Niger and Sanaga Rivers.’
    • ‘I am currently investigating the behaviour and ecology of lorisids (pottos, angwantibos) and bushbabies in Kenya.’


Mid 19th century: from Efik.