red bellied lemur

Eulemur rubriventer

Common name

red bellied lemur

Habitat

It lives mainly in humid forest regions, at medium and high altitudes.
Features

Family

Lemuridae

Medals

Primates

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

127-130 days

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

EEP

Diet

Fruit, flowers, nectar, leaves and occasionally insects.

Life

20-25 years.

Biology and behavior

Like the vast majority of lemurs, red-bellied lemurs live in social groups where the female dominates the male. In this case the groups are very small, normally made up of a pair of adults and their offspring. They are mainly diurnal, but can also be active at night. The group communicates through different vocalizations.

They present dichromatic sexual dimorphism. The body is basically brown in both sexes, but females have a lighter chest and belly. The male has a black tail, face and nose, with a white halo around the eyes. This coloration is similar in the female, but the eye halo is smaller.

The red-bellied lemur is in a vulnerable state of conservation in the wild, due to the destruction of its habitat by human settlements, deforestation and indiscriminate hunting.

Some
curiosities

The red-bellied lemur is one of the few lemurs that form monogamous pairs. Both the male and the female take care of the offspring. The female carries her young on her during the first two weeks of life, from then on at 5 weeks both parents take care of her.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island