Red-tailed sportive lemur

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Red-tailed sportive lemur
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CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lepilemuridae
Genus: Lepilemur
L. ruficaudatus
Binomial name
Lepilemur ruficaudatus
Lepilemur ruficaudatus range map.svg
Distribution of L. ruficaudatus[1]
  • pallidicauda Gray, 1873

The red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus), or red-tailed weasel lemur, is native to Madagascar like all lemurs. It is a nocturnal species feeding largely on leaves, though they also eat some fruit. Individuals weigh around 800 g (1.8 lb), and there is little sexual dimorphism. In general they live in mated pairs, with a home range of about 10,000 square metres. Both members of the pair use the same home range, and there is little overlap between the home ranges of neighbouring pairs. Travel distances each night are between 100 m (330 ft) and 1 km (0.6 mi), making this a relatively inactive species. This species can be found in the Madagascar dry deciduous forests.[4]


  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Lepilemur ruficaudatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T11621A16123992. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T11621A16123992.en. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  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. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  4. ^ Ganzhorn, J. U., Pietsch, T., Fietz, J., Gross, S., Schmid, J., & Steiner, N. (2004). Selection of food and ranging behaviour in a sexually monomorphic folivorous lemur: Lepilemur ruficaudatus. Journal of Zoology, 263, 393–399