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A Preliminary Study of the Behavior and Ecology of Lemur fulvus rufus Audebert 1800

  • Robert W. Sussman


This is a preliminary report on the ecology and behavior of Lemur fulvus rufus (Fig. 1A, B). The brown lemur, Lemur fulvus, is almost exclusively an arboreal quadruped, and in general behavior and morphology resembles arboreal monkeys more than any other prosimian. Although subspecies of L. fulvus are among the most widely distributed and abundant of the Madagascar lemurs, there have been no published reports on long-term field studies of this species. Information for this study was collected during an 18-month field study (September 1969–January 1971) in the southwest of Madagascar. The focus of the study was to compare sympatric populations of L. f. rufus and Lemur catta, and a number of papers on that aspect of the research have been completed (Sussman, 1972, 1973, 1974).


Home Range Closed Canopy Tall Tree Lemur Catta Small Home Range 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Sussman
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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