Sahamalaza Peninsula Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis)



MORPHOLOGY:
This species has binocular vision. The Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur has a large cecum. On the hands and feet are large digital pads used for clinging. The face is gray colored (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). The pelage of the forehead and the hairline around the ears is red-brown, sometimes having darker diffuse patches (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). A dark diffuse line runs from the middle of the upper skull to the middle or lower part of the back (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). This species is red-brown dorsally, including the shoulders and upper and lower arms (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). The thighs and lower limbs are less reddish than the upper part of the body (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). Gray to creamy coloration characterizes the ventral pelage (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). The tail is red-brown to deep brown (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006). This species has a longer tibia than the gray-backed sportive lemur, Lepilemur dorsalis (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006).

RANGE:
The Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur is found in the country of Madagascar. This species is restricted to the Sahamalaza Peninsula, with the Sambirano River the most likely northern boundary (Andriaholinirina et al., 2006).

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LOCOMOTION:
The Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur moves through the forest by vertical clinging and leaping (Fleagle, 1988).

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REPRODUCTION:
The Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur gives birth to a single offspring.

REFERENCES:
Andriaholinirina, N., Fausser, J.-L., Roos, C., Zinner, D., Thalmann, U., Rabarivola, C., Ravoarimanana, I., Ganzhorn, J.U., Meier, B., Hilgartner, R., Walter, L., Zaramody, A., Langer, C., Hahn, T., Zimmermann, E., Radespiel, U., Craul, M., Tomiuk, J., Tattersall, I., and Rumpler, Y. 2006. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the sportive lemurs (Lepilemur, Primates). BMC Evolutionary Biology. Vol. 6, 17.

Fleagle, J. G. 1988. Primate Adaptation and Evolution. Academic Press.

Last Updated: March 20, 2007.
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