Characteristics Of Lemur Catta

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There are many different types of primates, and they have similar traits that are stemming from their shared ancestor. Lemur catta, more commonly known as the ring-tailed lemurs, are a species of primate. Ring-tailed lemurs are from Madagascar, an island off the southern tip of Africa and are not located anywhere else in the world (Lang, 2005, para. 4). The climate where they live is seasonal, so they experience periods of rain, cold, and heat, which has affected their behavior and eating habits. Ring-tailed lemurs’ diet mainly consists of fruits and insects. During colder months, they sit upright to bath in the warmth of the sun (Lang, 2005). Besides these traits, ring-tailed lemurs have several distinct characteristics that make them a primate, …show more content…
59). Like their feet, ring-tailed lemurs teeth are specialized so that they can groom themselves, (Lang, 2005, para.1) which allows ring-tailed lemurs to eat insects as a source of food or remove insects that may be causing them pain or disturbance. Due to their environment and social behavior, ring-tailed lemurs have a dental comb that allows them to eat fruit and insects (Lang, 2005, para.1). Since fruit is the most abundant source of food (Lang, 2005, para.1), it would be beneficial to have teeth that allow them to consume fruit more …show more content…
1). Male ring-tailed lemurs, more often than female, use their scent glands to mark their scent on “branches and sticks,” and they use their scent to identify other lemurs, especially during mating seasons (Wilson & Hanlon, 2010, p. 68-69). They may scent mark to establish their group’s borders or to remind other ring-tailed lemurs where their group resides. During mating seasons, males use their scent to detect how healthy a female is or if she is able to reproduce (Wilson & Hanlon, 2010, p. 69). Thus, this is beneficial for males to find the best partner to conceive a child that will have the most desirable traits. Female ring-tailed lemurs have dominance over their species, so males would want to mate with female who has had the best access to food because they would be the healthiest and strongest (Wilson & Hanlon, 2010, p.

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