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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primata


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Order Primata


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Lemurs (1)
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Old World Monkeys (3)


The primates are typically thought of as acrobatic monkeys or impressive gorillas. However, the 181 species in the order Primata represent a very diverse group. The Dwarf bush baby weighs a mere 3.5 ounces, while the gorilla can weigh over 220 pounds. Almost all primates are located in the tropical band around the equator. The diet of the various primates is also diverse. Some eat primarily fruit, while others eat leaves or insects. Still others are omnivorousWhat does omnivorous mean?, meaning they eat both meat and plants.
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