Cleese's Woolly Lemur (Avahi cleesei)


MORPHOLOGY:
The adult pelage on the head and body is gray-brown with a woolly, flecked appearance (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). The tail has a beige or brown-gray coloration and is slightly reddish on the dorsal side of the root (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). The dorsal surface of the limbs is white and the pelage of the chest, belly, and inner surface of the upper limbs is light gray, thin, and downy (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). The eyes of this species are maroon, having black, hairless eyelids (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). The snout is black and hairless with the hair around the mouth whitish (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). The face of Cleese's woolly lemur is slightly paler than the upper forehead and crown (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). Thalmann and Geissmann (2005) report that the facial area above the nose extends upward toward the forehead, which contrasts with the condition found in the other two western woolly lemur species, Avahi occidentalis and Avahi unicolor.

Cleese's woolly lemur is named in honor of the British actor John Cleese (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005).

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Cleese's woolly lemur is found on the island of Madagascar, in the Tsingy de Bemaraha region north of the Manambolo River (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005). This species lives in the subhumid forest (Thalmann and Geissmann, 2005).

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REFERENCES:
Thalmann, U. and Geissmann, T. 2005. New species of woolly lemur Avahi (Primates: Lemuriformes) in Bemaraha (Central Western Madagascar). American Journal of Primatology. Vol. 67, 371-376.

Last Updated: March 22, 2007.
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