International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 853–864

Genetic Differentiation among Natural Populations of Lepilemur ruficaudatus

  • Lutz Bachmann
  • Yves Rumpler
  • Jörg U. Ganzhorn
  • Jürgen Tomiuk

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005546709911

Cite this article as:
Bachmann, L., Rumpler, Y., Ganzhorn, J.U. et al. International Journal of Primatology (2000) 21: 853. doi:10.1023/A:1005546709911


We studied the genetic differentiation of five populations of red-tailed sportive lemur Lepilemur ruficaudatus by means of allozyme variability and RAPD polymorphisms in order to test whether the Tsiribihina River separates the distribution areas of Lepilemur ruficaudatus and and L. edwardsi. Genetic data as well as the karyotype of a male individual clearly indicate that the Andramasay Forest in the north of Tsiribihina River is inhabited by Lepilemur ruficaudatus and not by L. edwardsi. We propose that the distribution of the two species are separated by the Manambolo River. However, the northernmost population of Lepilemur ruficaudatus inhabiting the Andramasay Forest is gentically differentiated from those that inhabit the dry forest in the south of Tsiribihina River.

allozyme variabilitygenetic diversitysportive lemursspeciationRAPD polymorphismchromosome analysis

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lutz Bachmann
    • 1
  • Yves Rumpler
    • 2
  • Jörg U. Ganzhorn
    • 3
  • Jürgen Tomiuk
    • 5
  1. 1.The Field MuseumPritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and EvolutionChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineUniversity Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance
  3. 3.German Primate CenterGöttingen
  4. 4.Dept. of EcologyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  5. 5.Dept. of Human Genetics and AnthropologyUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany