Types of Lemurs


    types of lemurs

    Lemurs, Madagascar’s charismatic primates, are a window into evolutionary wonder. Found only on this island, they’re a diverse bunch, ranging from the tiny mouse lemur to the large indri.

    Each species boasts unique traits: some dance on hind legs, while others, like the nocturnal aye-aye, tap trees to find food. These prosimians not only fascinate us with their quirky behaviors but also play vital roles in Madagascar’s ecosystems.

    Sadly, they’re among the world’s most endangered mammals, largely due to habitat loss and hunting. Understanding and protecting them is crucial for preserving Madagascar’s rich biodiversity and the health of our planet.

    Types of Lemurs

    Explore all types of lemurs here.

    Ahmanson’s Sportive Lemur

    Species Name: Lepilemur ahmansonorum
    Strictly nocturnal and primarily arboreal, Ahmanson's sportive lemurs move through the trees in long leaps, propelled by their powerful hind legs. Ahmanson's sportive lemurs are primarily solitary and defend their territory against invaders of the same sex.

    Berthe’s Mouse Lemur

    Species Name: Microcebus berthae
    Weighing just over an ounce, Berthe's mouse lemur is the world's smallest primate. Endemic to dwindling western Madagascar forests, this nocturnal insectivore faces grave threats from deforestation and predation despite recent habitat protections. Learn surprising facts about its characteristics, behavior, endangered status, and the conservation efforts crucial to saving this tiny species.

    Blue-Eyed Black Lemur

    Species Name: Eulemur flavifrons
    Discover the mysterious blue-eyed black lemur, a rare primate found only in the tropical forests of northwestern Madagascar. With striking blue eyes and mostly black fur, they are agile tree-dwellers feeding on fruits, leaves, and insects. Read about their lifestyle, endangered status, and the threats they face.

    Crowned Lemur

    Species Name: Eulemur coronatus
    Learn about the endangered crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus) - this medium-sized rainforest-dwelling primate from N. Madagascar has dense black & white fur and a distinctive orange arrowhead crown marking on its forehead.

    Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur

    Species Name: Hapalemur griseus
    The eastern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus) is a small, endangered rainforest primate found only in Madagascar. This unique species has adapted to specialize in a toxic bamboo diet other animals cannot consume. Yet habitat loss and hunting have left remaining populations highly vulnerable.

    Golden Bamboo Lemur

    Species Name: Hapalemur aureus
    Explore all about the magnificent yet critically endangered golden bamboo lemur of Madagascar. This unique primate depends almost entirely on giant bamboo for food and shelter. Read about their adaptations, ecology, reproduction, conservation efforts, and threats facing their fragile habitat.

    Goodman’s Mouse Lemur

    Species Name: Microcebus lehilahytsara
    Explore the world of Goodman's Mouse Lemur (Microcebus lehilahytsara), a unique Madagascar primate, revealing its survival strategies, social behaviors, and conservation needs.

    Mongoose Lemur

    Species Name: Eulemur mongoz
    Learn about the endangered mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), a small Madagascar primate with red beards and bushy tails. Get fascinating facts on their rainforest habits, unique behaviors, seed dispersal ecology, and major threats driving their worrying decline.

    Here is the full listing of all Lemur species sorted by their common names.

    Common Name Species Name Year of Classification IUCN Status
    Ahmanson’s sportive lemur Lepilemur ahmansoni 2006 CR
    Ambarijeby Mouse Lemur Microcebus danfossi 2007 VU
    Ambodimahabibo Sportive Lemur Lepilemur otto 2007 EN
    Andohahela Sportive Lemur Lepilemur fleuretae 2006 EN
    Anjiahely Mouse Lemur Microcebus macarthurii 2008 EN
    Ankarana Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus shethi 2016 EN
    Ankarana Sportive Lemur Lepilemur ankaranensis 1975 EN
    Anosi Mouse Lemur Microcebus tanosi 2013 EN
    Antafia Sportive Lemur Lepilemur aeeclis 2017 EN
    bamboo lemur Hapalemur griseus 1795 VU
    Bemanasy Mouse Lemur Microcebus manitatra 2016 CR
    Bemaraha Sportive Lemur Lepilemur randrianasoloi 2017 EN
    Bemaraha Woolly Lemur Avahi cleesei 2005 CR
    Berthe’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus berthae 2000 CR
    Betsileo Sportive Lemur Lepilemur betsileo 2006 EN
    Betsileo Woolly Lemur Avahi betsileo 2007 EN
    Black Lemur Eulemur macaco 1766 EN
    Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur Varecia variegata 1792 CR
    Black-striped Sportive Lemur Lepilemur dorsalis 1870 EN
    Blue-eyed Black Lemur Eulemur flavifrons 1867 CR
    Bongolava Mouse Lemur Microcebus bongolavensis 2007 EN
    Brown Lemur Eulemur fulvus 1796 VU
    brown mouse lemur Microcebus rufus 1834 VU
    Coquerel’s Giant Mouse Lemur Mirza coquereli 1867 EN
    Crossley’s Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus crossleyi 1870 VU
    Crowned Lemur Eulemur coronatus 1842 EN
    Daraina Sportive Lemur Lepilemur milanoii 2006 EN
    Eastern Woolly Lemur Avahi laniger 1788 VU
    Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus medius 1812 VU
    fork-marked lemur Phaner furcifer 1839 EN
    Ganzhorn’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus ganzhorni 2016 EN
    Gerp’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus gerpi 2012 CR
    Golden Bamboo Lemur Hapalemur aureus 1987 CR
    Golden-brown Mouse Lemur Microcebus ravelobensis 1998 VU
    Goodman’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus lehilahytsara 2005 VU
    Gray Mouse Lemur Microcebus murinus 1777 LC
    Gray-brown Mouse Lemur Microcebus griseorufus 1910 LC
    Gray-headed Lemur Eulemur cinereiceps 1890 CR
    Greater Bamboo Lemur Prolemur simus 1871 CR
    Greater Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus major 1812 VU
    Grewcock’s sportive lemur Lepilemur grewcocki 2006 CR
    Groves’ dwarf lemur Cheirogaleus grovesi 2017 DD
    Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur Allocebus trichotis 1875 EN
    James’ sportive lemur Lepilemur jamesi 2006 CR
    Jolly’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus jollyae 2006 EN
    Jonah’s mouse lemur Microcebus jonahi 2020 EN
    Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus lavasoensis 2013 EN
    Lesser Iron-gray Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus minusculus 2000 DD
    Mananara-Nord Sportive Lemur Lepilemur hollandorum 2009 CR
    Manombo Woolly Lemur Avahi ramanantsoavani 2006 DD
    Margot Marsh’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus margotmarshae 2008 EN
    Marohita Mouse Lemur Microcebus marohita 2013 CR
    Masoala Sportive Lemur Lepilemur scottorum 2008 EN
    Masoala Woolly Lemur Avahi mooreorum 2008 EN
    Milne-Edwards’ Sportive Lemur Lepilemur edwardsi 1894 EN
    Mittermeier’s Mouse Lemur Microcebus mittermeieri 2006 EN
    Mittermeier’s Sportive Lemur Lepilemur mittermeieri 2006 CR
    Mongoose Lemur Eulemur mongoz 1766 CR
    Montagne d’Ambre dwarf lemur Cheirogaleus andysabini 2015 EN
    Montagne d’Ambre Fork-marked Lemur Phaner electromontis 1991 EN
    Montagne d’Ambre Mouse Lemur Microcebus arnholdi 2008 VU
    Northern Bamboo Lemur Hapalemur occidentalis 1975 VU
    Northern Giant Mouse Lemur Mirza zaza 2005 VU
    Northern Rufous Mouse Lemur Microcebus tavaratra 2000 VU
    Northern Sportive Lemur Lepilemur septentrionalis 1975 CR
    Nosy Be Mouse Lemur Microcebus mamiratra 2006 EN
    Nosy Be Sportive Lemur Lepilemur tymerlachsoni 2006 CR
    Nosy Boraha Mouse Lemur Microcebus boraha 2016 DD
    Pale Fork-crowned Lemur Phaner pallescens 1991 EN
    Pariente’s Fork-crowned Lemur Phaner parienti 1991 EN
    Peters’ Mouse Lemur Microcebus myoxinus 1852 VU
    Petter’s Sportive Lemur Lepilemur petteri 2006 EN
    Peyriééras’ Woolly Lemur Avahi peyrierasi 2006 VU
    Red Ruffed Lemur Varecia rubra 1812 CR
    Red-bellied Lemur Eulemur rubriventer 1850 VU
    Red-collared Brown Lemur Eulemur collaris 1812 EN
    Red-fronted Brown Lemur Eulemur rufifrons 1833 VU
    Red-fronted Lemur Eulemur rufus 1799 VU
    Red-tailed Sportive Lemur Lepilemur ruficaudatus 1867 CR
    Ring-tailed Lemur Lemur catta 1758 EN
    Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur Lepilemur sahamalaza 2017 CR
    Sambirano Mouse Lemur Microcebus sambiranensis 2000 EN
    Sambirano Woolly Lemur Avahi unicolor 2000 CR
    Sanford’s Brown Lemur Eulemur sanfordi 1932 EN
    Seal’s Sportive Lemur Lepilemur seali 2006 VU
    Sibree’s Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus sibreei 1894 CR
    Simmons’ Mouse Lemur Microcebus simmonsi 2006 EN
    Small-toothed Sportive Lemur Lepilemur microdon 1894 EN
    Southern Bamboo Lemur Hapalemur meridionalis 1987 VU
    Southern Woolly Lemur Avahi meridionalis 2006 EN
    Thomas’ Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus thomasi 1894 EN
    Weasel Lemur Lepilemur mustelinus 1851 VU
    Western Woolly Lemur Avahi occidentalis 1898 VU
    White-footed Sportive Lemur Lepilemur leucopus 1894 EN
    White-fronted Brown Lemur Eulemur albifrons 1796 VU
    Wright’s sportive lemur Lepilemur wrighti 2006 EN
    Zombitse Sportive Lemur Lepilemur hubbardi 2006 EN


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