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Editors: Alison Jolly, Robert W. Sussman, Naoki Koyama, Hantanirina Rasamimanana, and Russell H. Tuttle.
ISBN-10: 0-387-32669-3 (0387326693)
ISBN-13: 978-0387-32669-6 (9780387326696)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 376
Dimensions: 163mm x 242mm x 23mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1235
Shelving Location: Natural History: Fauna
Estimated Value: £55.00
Purchase Date: 2 September 2007
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Ringtailed Lemur Biology

Lemur catta in Madagascar

(Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects)
Springer Science (2006).
Hardcover Book

A volume of 20 papers on the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) by 55 authors. The book is divided into sections on distribution, feeding and ranging, social behaviour, and health.

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Ringtailed Lemur Biology is the first comprehensive volume dedicated to the Lemur catta, Madagascar's flagship species, whose black and white tails adorn tourist brochures and children's schoolbooks, and which has been studied in the wild for forty years. Written by leading research scientists in the field, this is the authoritative volume on ringtailed lemur distribution, ecology, social behavior, and health and includes the first maps of their distribution, population, and decline. The editors and contributors have united to produce a book of cutting edge knowledge on the lemur species whose troop structure is most like the monkeys of other continents, but which proves, like so much else in Madagascar, to be unique.


  • Preface
  • Contributors
  • Part I: Distribution: Ringtailed lemurs in Madagascar
    • The distribution and biogeography of the ringtailed lemur (Lemur catta) in Madagascar (Steven M. Goodman, Soava V. Rakotoarisoa and Lucienne Wilmé)
    • A preliminary estimate of Lemur catta population density using satellite imagery (Robert W. Sussman, Sean Sweeney, Glen M. Green, Ingrid Porton, O. L. Andrianasolondraibe, and Joelisoa Ratsirarson)
    • Berenty Reserve: a research site in southern Madagascar (Alison Jolly, Naoki Koyama, Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Helen Crowley, and George Williams)
    • Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve: a research site in southwestern Madagascar (Robert W. Sussman and Joelisoa Ratsirarson)
  • Part II: Ringtails and their forests: feeding and ranging
    • Plant species fed on by Lemur catta in gallery forests of the southern domain of Madagascar (Bruno Simmen, Michelle L. Sauther, Takayo Soma, Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Robert W. Sussman, Alison Jolly, Laurent Tarnaud, and Annette Hladik)
    • Tamarind recruitment and long-term stability in the gallery forest at Berenty, Madagascar (Kathryn Blumenfeld-Jones, Tahirihasina M. Randriamboavonjy, George Williams, Anne S. Mertl-Millhollen, Susan Pinkus, and Hantanirina Rasamimanana)
    • Home ranges of ringtailed lemur troops and the density of large trees at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar (Naoki Koyama, Takayo Soma, Shinichiro Ichino, and Y. Takahata)
    • The influence of tamarind tree quality and quantity on Lemur catta behavior (Anne S. Mertl-Millhollen, Hajarimanitra Rambeloarivony, Wendy Miles, Veronica A. Kaiser, Lisa Gray, Loretta T. Dorn, George Williams, and Hantanirina Rasamimanana)
    • Feeding competition between introduced Eulemur fulvus and native Lemur catta during the birth season at Berenty Reserve, southern Madagascar (Susan Pinkus, James N. M. Smith, and Alison Jolly)
    • Tradition and novelty: Lemur catta feeding strategy on introduced tree species at Berenty Reserve (Takayo Soma)
    • Diet quality and taste perception of plant secondary metabolites by Lemur catta (B. Simmen, S. Peronny, M. Jeanson, A. Hladik, and A. Marez)
  • Part III: Social behavior within and between troops
    • Territory as bet-hedging: Lemur catta in a rich forest and an erratic climate (Alison Jolly, Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Marisa Braun, Tracy Dubovick, Christopher Mills, and George Williams)
    • Resource defense in Lemur catta: the importance of group size (R. Ethan Pride, Dina Felantsoa, Tahiry Randriamboavonjy, and Randriambelona)
    • Social changes in a wild population of ringtailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty, Madagascar (Shinichiro Ichino and Naoki Koyama)
    • Obsession with agonistic power (Michael. E. Pereira)
    • Male and female ringtailed lemurs' energetic strategy does not explain female dominance (Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Vonjy N. Andrianome, Hajarimanitra Rambeloarivony, and Patrick Pasquet)
    • Male sociality and integration during the dispersal process in Lemur catta: a case study (Lisa Gould)
  • Part IV: Health and Disease
    • Patterns of health, disease, and behavior among wild ringtailed lemurs, Lemur catta: effects of habitat and sex (Michelle L. Sauther, Krista D. Fish, Frank P. Cuozzo, David S. Miller, Mandala Hunter-Ishikawa, and Heather Culbertson)
    • Bald lemur syndrome and the miracle tree: Alopecia associated with Leucaena leucocephala at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar (Graham C. Crawford, Louis-Expert Andriafaneva, Kathryn Blumenfeld-Jones, Gary Calaba, Linda Clarke, Lisa Gray, Shinichiro Ichino, Alison Jolly, Naoki Koyama, Anne Mertl-Millhollen, Susan Ostpak, R. Ethan Pride, Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Bruno Simmen, Takayo Soma, Laurent Tarnaud, Alison Tew, and George Williams)
    • Temporal change in tooth size among ringtailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar: effects of an environmental fluctuation (Frank P. Cuozzo and Michelle L. Sauther)
  • Index


  • Front cover photography by Cyril Russo.
  • Printed in the USA.

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Small tear to base of spine, otherwise very good.

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