Coquerel’s Sifaka

November 27, 2012 by  

Coquerel’s Sifaka, Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) is a diurnal, medium-sized lemur of the sifaka genus Propithecus. Like all lemurs, it is endemic to Madagascar. It was once considered to be a subspecies of Verreaux’s sifaka, but was eventually granted full species level.

Coquerel’s sifaka is a vertical clinger and leaper with long, powerful hind legs and an upright posture. It has a head-body length of 42-50 cm and a tail length of 50-60 cm. The total mature length (including tail) is approximately 93 to 110 cm. Adult body mass is typically around 4 kg. The dorsal pelage and tail are white, with maroon patches on the chest and portions of the limbs. The coat is generally dense. Its face is bare and black except for a distinctive patch of white fur along the bridge of the nose. Its nkd ears are also black, and its eyes are yellow or orange.
This species occurs only at altitudes of less than 300 ft in the dry deciduous forests of northwestern Madagascar, including coastal forests. It primarily occurs to the north and east of the Betsiboka River, and the southerly portion of the range extends to Ambato-Boéni. They are common in these two areas.

Groups of this species have a home range area amounting to 4-9 hectares. Overall densities in the wild are observed in the range of 60 individuals per km².

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