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Ring-tailed lemur

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Ring tailed lemur
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Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lemuridae
Genus: Lemur
Linnaeus, 1758
L. catta
Binomial name
Lemur catta
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


  • Prosimia Brisson, 1762[N 1]
  • Procebus Storr, 1780
  • Catta Link, 1806[N 2]
  • Maki Muirhead, 1819[N 3]
  • Mococo Trouessart, 1878[N 4]
  • Odorlemur Bolwig, 1960


  • Maki mococo Muirhead, 1819[N 5]

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. [2] 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tattersall 1982, pp. 43–46.
  2. Hannover Zoo: Ring-tailed lemur Archived 2012-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, viewed 2012-12-06


  1. The genus name Prosimia was declared unavailable by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature in 1998.
  2. Type species was designated as Catta mococo (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758).
  3. Type species was designated as Maki mococo (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758).[1]
  4. The synonym Mococo is sometimes omitted because it was technically a vernacular term for the genus Prosimia.[1] René Primevère Lesson named the type species for this genus as Prosimia catta (= Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758) in the same year (1878).
  5. Muirhead (1819) credited the name Maki mococo to Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest (1817), although it was actually used as a vernacular name.[1]