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Lemur catta (Primates: Lemuridae)

Don E. Wilson, Elizabeth Hanlon
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/854.1 58-74 First published online: 25 March 2010


Lemur catta Linnaeus, 1758, is a lemurid commonly called the ring-tailed lemur. A strikingly colored, long-tailed lemur, it is the only species in the genus Lemur. It occurs in the southern half of Madagascar, where it inhabits a variety of forested habitats. It is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Key words
  • island
  • Madagascar
  • lemurid
  • primate
  • ring-tailed lemur