Eastern woolly lemur

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Eastern woolly lemur
Avahi laniger Grandidier.jpg
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Indriidae
Genus: Avahi
Species: A. laniger
Binomial name
Avahi laniger
Gmelin, 1788[3]
Avahi laniger range map.svg
Distribution of A. laniger[1]
  • avahi van der Hoeven, 1844
  • lanatus Wagner, 1840
  • longicaudatus E. Geoffroy, 1796
  • orientalis von Lorenz-Liburnau, 1898

The eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), also known as the eastern avahi or Gmelin's woolly lemur, is a species of woolly lemur native to eastern Madagascar, where it lives in humid forests. This nocturnal[4] animal weighs 1.0–1.3 kg and reaches a length of 27–29 cm with a tail of 33–37 cm. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and buds.

Eastern woolly lemurs live in monogamous pairs together with their offspring.

Other lemur species that live in the same rainforests as eastern woolly lemur are the diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) and the red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer). In southeastern rainforests, sympatric lemur species of A. meridionalis are the brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus), the greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), the fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius) and the collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) in Sainte Luce Forest,[5] and the southern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur meridionalis) in Mandena Forest.[6]

The skull


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  2. ^ "Checklist of CITES Species". CITES. UNEP-WCMC. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 119. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  4. ^ The Primata
  5. ^ Bollen A.; Donati G. (2006). "Conservation status of the littoral forest of south-eastern Madagascar: a review". Oryx. 40: 57–66. doi:10.1017/S0030605306000111. 
  6. ^ Fausser, J.; Donati, G.; Ramanamanjato, J. & Rumpler, Y. (2002). "Phylogenetic relationships between Hapalemur species and subspecies based on mitochondrial DNA sequences". BMC Evol Biol. 2: 1–9. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-2-4. PMC 101410Freely accessible. PMID 11914128.