|Ring tailed lemur|
|Distribution of Lemur catta|
The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a primate from the group of lemurs (Lemuriformes). It lives in the dry regions of southwest Madagascar.
This lemur weighs between 2 to 3.5 kilograms (4.4 to 7.7 lb). It can live up to 20 years.  It is a mid-sized lemur. The striped tail makes it easy to recognize. Its behaviour is somewhat unusual for lemurs: it is active during the day, and spends much time on the ground. Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of 12 to 15 animals. Each group is led by a female. Ring-tailed lemurs eat both meat and plants, but they mainly eat fruit. They live only in Madagascar. The main threats to ring-tailed lemurs are destroying the places where it lives and hunting.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tattersall 1982, pp. 43–46. sfn error: no target: CITEREFTattersall1982 (help)
- ↑ Hannover Zoo: Ring-tailed lemur Archived 2012-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, viewed 2012-12-06
- ↑ The genus name Prosimia was declared unavailable by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature in 1998.
- ↑ Type species was designated as Catta mococo (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758).
- ↑ Type species was designated as Maki mococo (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758).
- ↑ The synonym Mococo is sometimes omitted because it was technically a vernacular term for the genus Prosimia. René Primevère Lesson named the type species for this genus as Prosimia catta (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758) in the same year (1878).
- ↑ Muirhead (1819) credited the name Maki mococo to Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest (1817), although it was actually used as a vernacular name.