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The coat of the typical bushbaby is brownish grey to light brown. However, the sides and the limbs always have a tendency towards a distinctly yellow colouration. There are markings between the eyes as well as a dark ring around each eye.

The hair on the tail starts at its base being the same length as the hair on the body, and becomes gradually progressively longer until reaching the tip of the tail. Although not sparsely furred, the tail is not considered to be bushy. The hands and feet are prehensile, in other words, modified for grasping. The palms and the soles of the feet have special friction pads in order to assure a firm grip in its arboreal habitat.

Its fingernails are rounded like our own, with the exception of the second toe which is modified as a toilette claw. This pointed claw is used to groom the head and neck fur and to clean the ears. The fingers and toes have flat disks of thickened skin which aid in grasping tree limbs and slippery surfaces.

The index finger of each hand is degenerate (much shorter than the other fingers of the hand) in order to facilitate a better grip around larger branches. The Mohol, or South African Lesser Galago is characterised by the presence of a tooth-comb.

Adults are solitary foragers, but companions do meet at night to interact, and congregate in groups of six before going to sleep during the day.

Females are dominant in this species. Adult males were found to follow adult females more in captivity than females followed males. Females also in captivity were found to act aggressively towards males.