Fork-marked lemurs

DISTRIBUTION: Pale Fork-marked Lemur P. pallescens is found in the west, Sambirano P. parienti (not illustrated) and Montagne d’Ambre Fork-marked Lemurs P. electromontis in the north, and Masoala Fork- marked Lemur P. furcifer (not illustrated) in the northeast. Fork-marked lemurs are found both in forest and some disturbed habitats like plantations.
ID: If seen, the fork marks on the back of the head are diagnostic.
VOICE: One of the most vocal groups of nocturnal lemurs. The most common call is a piercing “wheet” much like the ‘laser gun’ call of Crested Coua (page 126). Also give chattering and squirrel-like calls.
BEHAVIOUR: Move faster than all other lemurs except the mouse lemurs (page 32). Often found in small groups. Specialize in eating tree sap and gum.
WHERE TO SEE: Pale Fork- marked Lemur is common during night walks in Kirindy Forest, and also occurs in Zombitse and Tsingy de Bemaraha NPs. The rarely seen Masoala Fork-marked Lemur is found around Masoala. Sambirano Fork-marked Lemur occurs in the northwest, and is sometimes seen around Ambanja. Montagne d’Ambre Fork-marked Lemur is occasionally seen on Amber Mountain.



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