November 2018: Ring-Tailed Lemur

Scientific Name Lemur catta
Alternate Name Katta, Kattlemur, Maki, Ring-Tail, Ring-Tail Lemur, Ringsvanslemur
Collective Name Troop
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Lemuridae Lemur
Africa Forest, Shrubland
2.2-2.21 kg. 4.85-4.89 lb.
39-46 cm. 15-18 in. 16-33 yr. 12 yr. (Generation)
Endangered Social Diurnal
Decreasing Polygynandrous Omnivore
Fore Hind

The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a small, achromatic primate endemic to the island of Madagascar of the continent of Africa. Named for its long, thick tail with several distinctive black and white rings running along it from base to tip, this lemur is the only species of lemur that possess such a striped tail. These recognizable tails are used in communication, as well as other vocal and olfactory communications. The ring-tailed lemur is a highly social species and gathers in groups, called troops, that include 15-30 individuals. Within each troop rules a complex social hierarchy in which all female lemurs rank higher than their male counterparts. The ring-tailed lemur is listed as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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