Ring-tailed Lemur, Lemur catta
2009

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Ring-tailed lemur

TAXONOMY & NOMENCLATURE
(Groves 2001)(Sussman 1999)(Yoder et al. 2000)

Describer (Date): Linnaeus (1758)

Kingdom:
Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia
             Order: Primates
                 Suborder: Prosimiae
                     Infraorder: Lemuriformes
                         Family: Lemuridae
                             Genus: Lemur
                                 Species: L. catta
                                       Subspecies: possibly two subspecies (unnamed)

 
Taxonomy and Nomenclature

Phylogeny

DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT
(Goodman and Langrand 1996)(Yoder et al. 2000)
 

 Distribution

  • South and southwest Madagascar;  The north and eastern boundaries of L. catta’s range roughly coincides with the Mangoky River and the following towns: Morondava, Ambalavao, and Tolagnaro. The southwestern part is bordered by the coast.
  • L. catta ranges further into the interior highlands than other lemurs
  • A separate population, possibly a different subspecies, of L. catta is located above 2,500 m in elevation, on the eastern end of L. catta’s range, in the Madagascar Parc National d’Andringitra.

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Distribution map from Goddman and Langrand, 1996.
Habitat

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
(Groves 2001)(Sauther et al. 2001)(Tattersall, 1982)

Head-Body Length:  385-455 mm. (15-18 in.)
Tail Length :
560-624 mm. (22-25 in.)
Weight:
2.2 kg (4.9 lb)

Pelage General Ocular Scent Glands
BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY
(Jolly 1966)(Sauther et al. 1999)(Sussman, 1999)

Activity Cycle

        General         Typical Daily Pattern Social Group

        General         Hierarchy         Aggression         Territorial Behavior Communication

        Displays         Vocalization         Visual Signs Locomotion Intraspecies Interaction
DIET & FEEDING
(Sauther 2002)(Sauther et al. 1999)(Sussman 1999)(Taterssall and Sussman,1975)

REPRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
(Evans and Goy 1968)(Martin et al. 1974)(Petter-Rousseaux 1964)(Sussman, 1999)(Tatersall 1982)

Courtship Reproductive Rate: Females begin to breed at 2-3 years of age, and continue yearly until old age

Gestation:  134-144 days

Litter Size: Single offspring common; twins occur; triplets rare.

Life Stages

        Birth         Infant (up to 1 year old)         Adult Longevity
MANAGED CARE

POPULATION AND CONSERVATION STATUS
(Altman, Doyle and Izard 1995)(Mittermeier et al. 1992)(Sauther 2002)

Population Status Conservation Threats to Survival
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