(Bassaricyon gabbii) #62-113

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Physical characteristics and distribution

Olingo Bassaricyon gabbii

Head and body length of B. gabbii is 350-475 mm, tail length is 400-480 mm. Weights range from 970-1,500 grams. The thick, soft pelage is buff to golden above and pale yellow below. The tail is not prehensile. It is somewhat flattened and has faint annular rings along the median portion. B. gabbii has small ears atop a flattened head with a pointed snout. Both the fore and hind limbs are short. The bottoms of the feet are partly furred and the claws are very sharp. Females have one pair of inguinal mammae.

B. gabbii does not appear to have a specific breeding season. Gestation lasts 73-74 days and one offspring is born weighing about 55 grams. The baby opens its eyes at 27 days and is able to take solid food at 2 months. Sexual maturity is reached at 21 months.

Arboreal and nocturnal, B. gabbii spends its day in a nest of dry leaves in a hollow tree. Olingos are extremely agile, climbing through the trees and leaping up to three meters with ease. The diet consists mainly of insects and warm blooded animals.

Preferred habitat is tropical forests from sea level to 2,000 meters. B. gabbii is found in W Columbia, Costa Rica, W Ecuador, C Nicaragua, Panama.

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Animal source and preparation
All specimens collected followed the same preparation and histological procedure.

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