Ring-Tailed Lemur


The ring-tailed lemur is named for its long, thick, black-and-white-ringed tail and is the only lemur species to possess a striped tail.

The conspicuous characteristic for which ring-tailed lemurs are known and named after is their long, thick tail that has alternating well-defined bands of black and white rings from stem to tip. These tails range in length from 56-63 centimeters, but average 60 centimeters, or 23.6 inches.

The ring-tailed lemur is the only species of lemur to possess a striped tail.

Sources: (Baumhofer, 2017; Cawthon Lang, 2005; Gould, Sussman, & Sauther, 2003; Mittermeier, et al., 2010; Sussman, 1991; Wilson & Hanlon, 2010)
Image: Mathias Appel


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