Ahmanson’s Sportive Lemur

Ahmansons Sportive Lemur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Lepilemuridae Lepilemur Lepilemur ahmansonorum
Ahmanson's sportive lemur
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Ahmanson’s Sportive Lemur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2006
  • Monkey Size: 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Grey brown or reddish
  • Habitat: Dry forests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Madagascar

Ahmanson’s sportive lemur Distribution

Ahmanson’s Sportive Lemur Characteristics

Ahmansons Sportive Lemur

Strictly nocturnal and primarily arboreal, Ahmanson’s sportive lemurs[1] move through the trees in long leaps, propelled by their powerful hind legs.

  • Ahmanson’s lemurs are among the smallest representatives of their species, with a body length of 19 to 21 inches, a tail length of 23 to 24 centimeters, and a density of 0.6 to 0.8 kg.
  • Its fur is mostly gray, the outer sides of the limbs are slightly reddish, and the tail is brown.
  • The belly is gray and paler towards the back. They typically have a small head with large, rounded ears.

Ahmanson’s Sportive Lemur Facts

Lepilemur Ahmansonorum

  • The species was originally named Lepilemur ahmansoni, but the name was misspelled and corrected to Lepilemur ahmansonorum in 2009.
  • Although rare among mammals, most females in lemur society demonstrate social dominance over males.
  • Adults are nocturnal and solitary, remaining solitary during nightly foraging for leaves.
  • On the ground, they jump like the kangaroo. During the day, they hide in mulch or in tree hollows.
  • Ahmanson’s sportive lemurs are primarily solitary and defend their territory against invaders of the same sex.

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Key References
  • [1]“Lepilemur I.Geoffroy, 1851”. Accessed July 30, 2022. Link.


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