Ring-tailed lemur

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Ring-tailed lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Infraorder: Lemuriformes
Superfamily: Lemuroidea
Family: Lemuridae
Genus: Lemur
Linnaeus, 1758
Binomial name
Lemur catta
Linnaeus, 1758
Map of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, with a range covering most of the southwest portion of the island.
Distribution of Lemur catta

The ring-tailed lemur 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. [3] 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin P. (16 November 2005). "Lemur catta". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=12100056.
  2. Andrainarivo, C. et al (2008). Lemur catta. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 1 January 2009.
  3. Hannover Zoo: Ring-tailed lemur, viewed 2012-12-06