Who can imagine Madagascar Island without lemurs? they’re likely to be one among the foremost exotic species of primates, which usually appear to be one among the highest attractions in Zoos and preservations. There’s another good thing to mention for them is that new species of those animals are of potential discovery. especially , in 2010 a replacement quite squirrel lemur was revealed on the north of Madagascar Island in Daraina community. The credit goes to International Community of Nature Preservation and Omaha Zoo stuff, which are performing on confirmation that this species of lemur could be the fifth one of fork-marked primates (squirrel lemur).
This lemur type was observed in Madagascar woods, then caught, taken for further analysis and, certainly, released into wildlife. The quality of its appearance is Y-shaped black line, beginning above its eyes and ending on the forehead. Scientists are almost sure that this is often a true-life discovery, which is evidenced in differing tongue structure, characteristic appearance and behavior qualities. However, the last issue, which could assuage doubts, may be a genetic research. If the investigation is successful, this lemur species is probably going to be named after Fanamby, the community of Madagascar Nature Preservation.
All in all, common characteristics of squirrel lemurs include: residence in tropic forests or savannas with dense flora, the power to leap from tree to tree (sometimes their jumps cover 10-meters length), night lifestyle, the consumption of bombway tree’s (Terminalia) pitch or small arthropods, etc. the opposite four fork-marked species are:
1. Masoala Fork-marked Lemur
the diet of which consists only with gum of trees in temperate deciduous forests. they need special dental comb, which facilitates eating. The natural habitat of those lemurs id Masoala peninsula, which defined their name.
2. Pale fork-marked lemur, which resides within the western a part of Madagascar Island.
3. Pariente’s fork-marked lemur the endemic lemur species, which is wide-spread only in the Sambirano region of Madagascar. Sometimes this type of squirrel lemurs is acknowledged as subspecies of Masaola ones.
4. Amber Mountain fork-marked lemur, which is distinctive thanks to its small sizes. It received a reputation after the park Amber Mountain, where it had been discovered.
Generally, fork-marked lemurs are on the verge of extinction. IUCN Red List classification indicates that their number is consistently declining. Maybe, if the new species is confirmed, there’ll be some hope to enlarge the fork-marked lemur population on Madagascar Island.