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Ring-tailed lemur   (Lemur catta)
Category: Mammals

 

 

Like all lemurs, this easily recognized primate is native to the island of Madagascar. They are omnivorous, diurnal, and the most terrestrial of the lemur species. They are highly social and may live in female dominated groups of up to 30 individuals. Their species name, catta, makes reference to their feline form and purring vocalizations reminiscent of domestic cats.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Primates
Family - Lemuridae
Genus - Lemur
Species - L. catta

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The age-defying Brandt’s bat

In most mammals, larger size correlates with longer lifespan, but that is not the case with the Brandt’s bat, who can live up to 41 years and weigh less than 0.28 ounces! These bats resemble larger, longer-lived mammals in that they mature slowly and have fewer offspring – but the size difference is dramatic: a female Bonobo lives for approximately 40 years as well, but she outweighs the Brandt’s bat by a factor of 3,771! Oddly enough, it is suspected that the mutated gene that causes the bat’s dwarfish size is the same one that leads to its long lifespan. Studying animals with unusual longevity like the Brandt’s bat does more than just satisfy our curiosity, it could lead to longer, healthier lifespans for humans and other animals!

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