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red-bellied lemur
(eulemur rubriventer)

distribution

Eastern Madagascar

biological characteristics

These very rare and vulnerable lemurs were discovered by humans in 1850. Unlike the Ring-tailed or Black and white ruffed lemur, male and female Red-bellies have very different markings from one another. This is called 'sexual dimorphism'. Males are completely reddish brown and have large bare patches of white skin under their eyes called 'teardrop' patches. Females have a light cream coloured bellies, and the 'teardrop' patches can be barely noticeable.

conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN red data list)

factfile

  • They mostly eat fruits, but also flowers and leaves of over 60 different plant species in the wild.
  • These lemurs are 'cathemeral', meaning they are active in both the day and night.
  • Male red-bellied lemurs have scent glands on the top of their heads.

animal
fact file

The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world.