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04.08.2014

Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)


Scientific classification

 

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Family: Lemuridae

Genus: Lemur

Species: Lemur catta

 

Description

Body length of the Ring tailed lemurs is about 40 cm, not including the tail length (60 cm). The body is grey in color, bellies are white and so is the face with triangular spots of dark around the eyes and a black nose. The tail has 13 black and white rings, which gives them their common name.

Range and Habitat

The Ring-tailed Lemur is found in the dry forests and bush of southern and southwestern Madagascar.

Behavior

They occur in social groups of up to 25 individuals in the group. However, unlike many other species, the females are dominant and control the group that includes other females, males and young.

This species of Lemur spends up to 40% of his time on the ground, more than any other species and the rest of the time it dwells in trees.

Diet

Lemurs eat fruit, leaves, flowers, herbs and other parts of plants and small insects.

Reproduction

Females give birth to one baby or twins, following a pregnancy that lasts 134-138 days. The young babies stay close to the mother's body for the first two weeks and then can be seen along their backs. They begin to take their first steps after four weeks and will increase their independence slowly, but they'll be completely mature at about 5-6 months.

Females remain in the social group in which they are born, but males leave the group when they reach puberty, around age three years (in captivity it is earlier – about 18 months). In their natural habitat, courtship and mating begins in mid-April and the babies are born in August and September.

Life span

Their life span is 20-25 years.

Conservation Status

In addition to being listed as Endangered in 2014 by the IUCN   the ring-tailed,  lemur has been listed since 1977 by CITES under Appendix I.



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