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Authors: Russell A. Mittermeier, Ian Tattersall, William R. Konstant, David M. Meyers, and Roderic B. Mast.
Illustrator: Stephen D. Nash.
ISBN-10: 1-881173-08-9 (1881173089)
ISBN-13: 978-1-881173-08-3 (9781881173083)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 357
Dimensions: 115mm x 191mm x 23mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 346
Shelving Location: Natural History: Fauna
Estimated Value: £60.00
Purchase Date: 3 April 2006
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Lemurs of Madagascar

First Edition
(Conservation International Tropical Field Guide Series)
Conservation International (1994).
Softcover Book

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One of the three most diverse primate faunas on Earth, and certainly the most unusual. Five families, 14 genera, 32 species and 50 distinct taxa, all of them found only on the island continent of Madagascar, and nowhere else in the world.

Not only is Madagascar important for primates, it is also one of the world's most threatened biodiversity "hotspots", with 80% of its forests already gone, and most of what remains still at great risk. By stimulating interest in this unique country and its unsurpassed wildlife wonders, we hope to make a contribution to ensuring the survival of the lemurs and the many other strange, special and spectacular species that Madagascar is so fortunate to possess.

In this guide, the first in a series of Tropical Field Guides produced by Conservation International, we discuss the origins, discovery, study and conservation of Madagascar's lemur fauna, and provide in-depth profiles of each of the country's 50 species and subspecies. The guide is illustrated with 35 color plates, maps of the distribution of all species, and a series of 135 postural, locomotor and behavioral drawings to assist in field identification.

You, the reader, whether scientist, dedicated primate-watcher, budding naturalist, adventure traveller, or casual visitor to Madagascar, are making a very significant contribution to the future of biodiversity in this amazing corner of our planet. We hope that this guide will enhance your experience and convince you to visit this land of lemurs again and again.


  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Introduction
  • Origin of the Lemurs
  • Discovery and Study of the Living Lemurs
  • The Extinct Lemurs
  • Discovery of the Subfossil Lemurs
  • The Subfossil Sites
  • Affinities of the Subfossil Lemurs
  • Adaptations and Habits of Extinct Lemurs
  • Extinction of the Subfossil Lemurs
  • Conservation of Lemurs
  • Biodiversity in Madagascar
  • Major Threats to Lemurs
  • Lemur Conservation Efforts
  • The Living Lemurs
  • Using this Field Guide
  • Family Cheirogaleidae
  • Microcebus: Mouse Lemurs
  • Microcebus murinus, Gray Mouse Lemur
  • Microcebus rufus, Brown Mouse Lemur
  • Microcebus myoxinus, Pygmy Mouse Lemur
  • Allocebus: Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur
  • Allocebus trichotis, Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur
  • Mirza: Giant Mouse Lemurs or Dwarf Lemurs
  • Mirza coquereli, Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur
  • Cheirogaleus: Dwarf Lemurs
  • Cheirogaleus major, Greater Dwarf Lemur
  • Cheirogaleus medius, Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur
  • Phaner: Fork-marked Lemurs
  • Phaner furcifer furcifer, Eastern Fork-marked Lemur
  • Phaner furcifer pallescens, Pale Fork-marked Lemur
  • Phaner furcifer parienti, Pariente's Fork-marked Lemur
  • Phaner furcifer electromontis, Amber Mountain Fork-marked Lemur
  • Family Megaladapidae
  • Lepilemur: Sportive Lemurs, Weasel Lemurs
  • Lepilemur mustelinus, Weasel Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilemur microdon, Small-toothed Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilemur leucopus, White-footed Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilemur ruficaudatus, Red-tailed Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilemur edwardsi, Milne-Edwards' Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilmur dorsalis, Gray-backed Sportive Lemur
  • Lepilemur septentrionalis, Northern Sportive Lemur
  • Family Lemuridae
  • Hapalemur: Bamboo or Gentle Lemurs
  • Hapalemur griseus griseus, Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur
  • Hapalemur griseus occidentalis, Western Lesser Bamboo Lemur
  • Hapalemur griseus alaotrensis, Lac Alaotra Gentle Lemur
  • Hapalemur aureus, Golden Bamboo Lemur
  • Hapalemur simus, Greater Bamboo Lemur
  • Lemur: Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Lemur catta, Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Eulemur: True Lemurs
  • Eulemur fulvus fulvus, Common Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur fulvus rufus, Red-fronted Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur fulvus albifrons, White-fronted Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur fulvus sanfordi, Sanford's Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur fulvus albocollaris, White-collared Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur fulvus collaris, Collared Brown Lemur
  • Eulemur macaco macaco, Black Lemur
  • Eulemur macaco flavifrons, Sclater's Black Lemur
  • Eulemur coronatus, Crowned Lemur
  • Eulemur rubriventer, Red-bellied Lemur
  • Eulemur mongoz, Mongoose Lemur
  • Varecia: Ruffed Lemurs
  • Varecia variegata variegata, Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur
  • Varecia variegata rubra, Red Ruffed Lemur
  • Family Indridae
  • Avahi: Woolly Lemurs
  • Avahi laniger, Eastern Woolly Lemur
  • Avahi occidentalis, Western Woolly Lemur
  • Propithecus: Sifakas, Simponas
  • Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi, Verreaux's Sifaka
  • Propithecus verreauxi coquereli, Coquerel's Sifaka
  • Propithecus verreauxi coronatus, Crowned Sifaka
  • Propithecus verreauxi deckenii, Decken's Sifaka
  • Propithecus tattersalli, Golden-Crowned Sifaka
  • Propithecus diadema diadema, Diademed Sifaka
  • Propithecus diadema edwardsi, Milne-Edwards' Sifaka
  • Propithecus diadema candidus, Silky Sifaka
  • Propithecus diadema perrieri, Perrier's Sifaka
  • lndri: Indri, Babakoto
  • lndri indri, Indri, Babakoto
  • Family Daubentoniidae
  • Daubentonia: Aye-Aye
  • Daubentonia madagascariensis, Aye-Aye
  • Appendix 1: Lemurs Present in Protected Areas
  • Biogeographic Regions of Madagascar
  • Protected Areas of Madagascar
  • Lemur Taxa Present in the Protected Areas of Madagascar
  • Eastern Region
  • Ambatovaky Special Reserve
  • Verezanantsoro National Park
  • Mangerivola Special Reserve
  • Manombo Special Reserve
  • Betampona Nature Reserve
  • Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve
  • Isalo National Park
  • Zahamena Nature Reserve
  • Andohahela Nature Reserve
  • Marotandrano Special Reserve
  • Marojejy Nature Reserve
  • Ranomafana National Park
  • Tsaratanana Nature Reserve
  • Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve
  • Kalambatritra Special Reserve
  • Ambohijanahary Special Reserve
  • Andringitra Nature Reserve
  • Montagne d'Ambre National Park
  • Tampoketsa-Analamaintso Special Reserve
  • Mantady National Park
  • Ambohitantely Special Reserve
  • FĂ´ret d'Ambre Special Reserve
  • Analamazaotra Special Reserve
  • Manongarivo Special Reserve
  • Lokobe Nature Reserve
  • Pic d'Ivohibe Special Reserve
  • Western Region
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
  • Ankarafantsika Nature Reserve
  • Analamera Special Reserve
  • Namoroka Nature Reserve
  • Kasijy Special Reserve
  • Ankarana Special Reserve
  • Bemarivo Special Reserve
  • Maningoza Special Reserve
  • Andranomena Special Reserve
  • Bora Special Reserve
  • Analabe Private Reserve
  • Tsimanampetsotsa Nature Reserve
  • Andohahela Nature Reserve
  • Cap Sainte Marie Special Reserve
  • Beza-Mahafaly Special Reserve
  • Berenty Private Reserve
  • Appendix 2: Alternative Names for Towns & Sites
  • References
  • Color Plates
  • Lemur Life-List
  • Request for Information

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