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Distributed for French National Museum Natural History

Lémuriens de Madagascar

Although Madagascar represents less than 7% of the land mass of the most primate-rich country in the world, Brazil, this island nation ranks second in primate diversity, with 98 endemic species. Madagascar is also an ecologically fragile country where natural resources are eroding at an alarming rate. In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported a dramatic increase in the number of endangered species of Madagascar’s native primates, the lemurs. With lemurs representing 15% of all known primate species and subspecies—20% of genera and 36% of families—the responsibility of the country in terms of conservation is tremendous.
This French-language book summarizes the available data on the ecology, behavior, distribution, and conservation status of all 102 known species and subspecies of lemur. Early chapters also present an overview of the island’s geological history, trace the arrival of lemurs, describe extinct species, and offer details on their discovery, current study, and specific conservation issues; while the appendices contain many maps showing the topography of the island, its biogeographic regions, and plant areas, as well as a list of places where lemurs can be seen in their natural habitat and an extensive bibliography. Richly illustrated throughout and featuring a user-friendly design with quick-reference color-coded page edges for each of the five extant lemur families, this guide will both encourage further research and be an invaluable aid to eco-tourists and amateur primatologists seeking to identify lemurs in nature.

841 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2014

Biological Sciences: Conservation, Ecology, Natural History

Table of Contents

Préface de Gilles Bœuf
Presentation des Auteurs
Comment Utiliser Ce Guide de Terrain

L’Histoire Géologique de Madagascar

Aux Origins des Lémuriens

Les Lémuriens Éteints

Décounverte et Étude des Lémuriens Actuels

LA conservation des Lémuriens

Les Lémuriens Actuels

Famille des Cheirogaleidés Gray, 1873
Microcebus É. Geoffroy, 1834, Les microcèbes
Mirza Grazy, 1870, Les microcèbes géants
Allocebus Petter-Rousseaux & Petter, 1976, L’allocèbe
Cheirogaleus É. Geoffroy, 1812, Les cheirogales
Phaner Gray, 1870, Les phaners

Famille des Lépilémuridés Gray, 1870
Lepilemur l. Geoffroy, 1851, Les lépilémurs

Famille des Lémuridés, Gray, 1821
Hapalemur l. Geoffroy, 1851, Les hapalémurs
Prolemur (Gary, 1870), Le grand hapalémur
Lemur Linnaeus, 1785, Le maki
Eulemur Simons & Rumpler, 1988, LES Lémurs
Varecia Gray, 1863, Les varis

Famille des Indriidés Burnett, 1828
Avahi Jourdan, 1834, Les avahis
Propithecus Bennett, 1832, Les Propithèques
Indri É. Geoffroy & G. Cuvier, 1796, L’indri ou Babakoto

Famille des Daubentoniidés Gary, 1863
Daubentonia É. Geoffroy, 1795, L’aye-aye

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