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A high mountain population of the ring-tailed lemur Lemur catta on the Andringitra Massif, Madagascar

  • Steven M. Goodman (a1) and Olivier Langrand (a2)
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The ring-tailed lemur Lemur catta is generally considered to be a species of dry deciduous forest, gallery forest and spiny thorn scrub at relatively low altitudes. During a survey of the summit zone of the Andringitra Massif, one of the most climatically extreme areas on Madagascar, we recorded this species above the tree-line at 2520 m in an area composed mostly of exposed rock, low ericoid bush and subalpine vegetation. Information was collected on food plants consumed by this species. This pelage coloration of the local population of L. catta differed from museum specimens and photographs taken from other areas of this species's range. The taxonomic status of the Andringitra population is in need of further study.

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R.W. Sussman 1977. Distributions of the Malagasy lemurs Part 2: Lemur catta and Lemur fulvus in southern and western Madagascar. Annals New York Acad. Sci. 293, 170184.

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