red-fronted lemur

Eulemur rufus

Common name

red-fronted lemur

Habitat

They live in humid and dry forests, at altitudes between 275-1670 m.
Features

Family

Lemuridae

Medals

Primates

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

120 days.

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

Diet

Highly frugivorous, fruits make up more than 50% of their diet. It also feeds on leaves, flowers, and occasionally insects and other arthropods.

Life

In the wild unknown, in captivity up to 35 years.

Biology and behavior

There are two different populations of this species in Madagascar, that of the dry forests of the west and that of the humid forests of the east, with different characteristics and behaviors. In the west the lemur population is larger and they extend over a smaller area, while in the east the opposite is true. In the west these animals feed mainly on leaves, while fruits predominate in the diet of populations in the east.

On the other hand, there is sexual dimorphism in this species. In both cases, the muzzle and face are gray to white and a dark line runs across the face from the forehead to the crown of the head. However, the back is more grayish in males and the chest is much more populated; while females have a darker back, from brown to orange.

Like all lemurs, red-fronted lemurs also form social groups. In western populations, one male usually monopolizes the females in the group, while in the east several males can form reproductive pairs.

The red-fronted lemur is at low risk of threat due to its wide distribution, however its habitat is increasingly being lost due to human settlements and in some cases the animals are victims of hunting.

Some
curiosities

Grooming is a way to maintain group unity in this species. They have 6 lower teeth that form a dental comb, using it as the only way to groom their own hair and that of their companions.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island