Ring-tailed lemur

large strepsirrhine primate

The ring-tailed lemur is a primate from the group of lemurs (Lemuriformes). It lives in the dry regions of southwest Madagascar.

Ring-tailed lemur[1]
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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Lemur catta
Linnaeus, 1758
Map of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, with a range covering most of the southwest portion of the island.
Distribution of Lemur catta

This lemur weighs between 2 to 3.5 kilograms (4.4 to 7.7 lb). It can live up to 20 years. [3] It is a mid-sized lemur. The striped tail makes it easy to recognize. Its behaviour is somewhat unusual for lemurs: it is active during the day, and spends much time on the ground. Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of 12 to 15 animals. Each group is led by a female. Ring-tailed lemurs eat both meat and plants, but they mainly eat fruit. They live only in Madagascar. The main threats to ring-tailed lemurs are destroying the places where it lives and hunting.


  1. Groves, Colin P. (16 November 2005). "Lemur catta". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds (ed.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)
  2. Andrainarivo, C. et al. (2008). "Lemur catta". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 1 January 2009. Explicit use of et al. in: |authors= (help)CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. Hannover Zoo: Ring-tailed lemur, viewed 2012-12-06