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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Lepilemur live?

Lepilemur is a genus of sportive lemurs, which are medium-sized primates that live only on the island of Madagascar.
There are many species of sportive lemurs, each with a different distribution and habitat.
For example, the northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis), also known as the Sahafary sportive lemur or northern weasel lemur.
It is one of the smallest and most endangered species of sportive lemurs.
The natural habitat of the northern sportive lemur consists of small patches of deciduous forests north of the Irodo River, near the villages of Madirobe and Ankarongana in the Sahafary region and in the immediate vicinity of Andrahona, which is a small mountain that arises out of lowlands south of Antsiranana.
It spends most of the day sleeping in tree holes or dense bundles of vines.
Most sleep sites are 6 to 8 m above ground, but some have been found as low as 1 m.
The northern sportive lemur is critically endangered due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation caused by human activities such as slash-and-burn agriculture, logging, and charcoal production.
It is also hunted for food by local people.
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What does the Lepilemur look like?

Lepilemur is a genus of primates that belongs to the family Lepilemuridae, also known as sportive lemurs or weasel lemurs.

They are medium-sized, nocturnal, and arboreal animals that live exclusively on the island of Madagascar.

They have long, bushy tails, large ears, and round eyes.

Their fur is usually gray, brown, or reddish, with varying patterns of stripes, spots, or patches.

They have strong hind legs and can leap up to 10 meters between trees.

They are mostly herbivorous and feed on leaves, fruits, and flowers.

There are about 26 species of Lepilemur, each with its own distinctive features and distribution.

Some of the most common and well-known species are:
  • Weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus): The largest and most widespread species, with a body length of 30 to 35 cm and a tail length of 24 to 28 cm.
    It has gray-brown fur with a dark stripe along the back and a white patch on the chest.
    It inhabits dry deciduous forests in western and southern Madagascar.
  • Red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus): A medium-sized species, with a body length of 26 to 29 cm and a tail length of 28 to 32 cm.
    It has gray fur with a reddish tail and a white ring around the eyes.
    It lives in spiny forests in southwestern Madagascar.
  • White-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus): A small species, with a body length of 22 to 25 cm and a tail length of 24 to 26 cm.
    It has brown fur with white feet and a white patch on the throat.
    It inhabits humid rainforests in eastern Madagascar.
Lepilemur are endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and predation by introduced species.

They are protected by law and by several conservation programs.
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