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Primates

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 241–248 | Cite as

Some observations of two kinds of lemuridae (Varecia variegata variegata andLemur fulvus albifrons) in the reserve of Nosy Mangabe

  • Taizo Iwano
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Abstract

A total of nine groups of ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata), as well as one solitary individual, were observed on Nosy Mangabe, an island located off the eastern coast of Madagascar, for a total 536 min between November 30 and December 8, 1983. The average group size was 2.8 animals (N=5), and the population density was 175 animals/km2, as estimated from direct observation and location of vocalization. During the same period, nine groups of brown lemurs (Lemur fulvus albifrons) and one solitary individual were observed for a total 320 min. One group of brown lemurs was composed of eight animals (two adult males and females, one male juvenile, two infants, and one individual of undetermined age and sex). Feeding competition occurred between the two species, with whichVarecia variegata variegata dominating.

Key Words

Varecia variegata variegata Lemur fulvus albifrons Group size Density Social behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taizo Iwano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Anthropology, Faculty of ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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