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|Lemurs are part of a class of primates known as prosimians, This type of primate was the evolutionary predecessor of monkeys and apes (simians). The term "lemur" is derived from the Latin word lemures, which means "spirits of the night". This likely refers to many of the nocturnal lemur species and their large, reflective eyes. |
Lemurs are found naturally only on the island of Madagascar and some smaller surrounding islands, including the Comoros (where it is likely they were introduced by humans). Fossil evidence indicates that they made their way across the ocean after Madagascar broke away from the continent of Africa While their ancestors were displaced in the rest of the world by monkeys, apes, and other primates, the lemurs were safe from competition on Madagascar and differentiated into a number of species.
These range in size from the tiny 30 gram Peters' Mouse Lemur to the 10 kilogram Indri. The larger species have all become extinct since humans settled on Madagascar, and since the early 20th century the largest lemurs reach about 7 kilograms. Typically, the smaller lemurs are active at night (nocturnal), while the larger ones are active during the day (diurnal).
The small cheirogaleoids are generally omnivores, eating a variety of fruits, flowers and leaves (and sometimes nectar) as well as insects, spiders and small vertebrates. The remainder of the lemurs, the lemuroids are primarily herbivores, although some species supplement their diet with insects.
All lemurs are endangered species, due mainly to habitat destruction (deforestation) and hunting.
Currently, there are approximately 56 living lemur species and subspecies.
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- [2006-07-08 14:52]
This is a really charming image. The composition is wonderful, the details are sharp (the eyes are stunning) and the colours are nice and natural. I like this a lot
- [2006-07-08 15:27]
expresion of his face is incredible ;] i love it
very nice shot
I love his cute face,and good use of coposition of thirds.
very nice portrait
Sooooo cute, I love this guy so much, Nitin,
they are always lovely. Thanks for this nice shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
Wow! Great photo and description! Thanks for this interesting & beautifull moment!
- [2006-07-09 2:32]
Nice shot of this qute lemur. Sympatic and butiful same time. Good POV
- tonym (20)
- [2006-07-09 3:07]
So cute! It feels like we could reach out and touch him. Nice frame.
Beautiful shot. Nice to view. Nicely composed. Well done. :-)
- [2006-07-09 15:32]
He has a very nice and almost human pose, like a child holding his lolly. Good exposition in the hard contrasted light conditions. Beautiful close up and composition:
- [2006-07-12 3:52]
Funny capture.Pose of lemur is amazing.I liked POV,eye contact,details,framing and composition a lot.