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Weasel Sportive Lemur
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Information
Common Name Greater Sportive Lemur, Weasel Lemur, and Greater Weasel Lemur
Range southeastern Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primate
Family Lepilemuridae
Genus Lepilemur
Species Lepilemur mustelinus
(I. Geoffroy, 1851)
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus), also known as the greater sportive lemur, weasel lemur, or greater weasel lemur, is a species of sportive lemur native to northeastern Madagascar. Its habitat includes rainforests and tropical rainforests. Its dorsal side is a reddish-brown color, and greyish brown ventrally. Its colour darkens towards the tip of its tail. It has long, soft fur. It has an average body length of 12–14 inches (30–35 cm) and a tail length of 10–12 inches (25–30 cm).

The weasel sportive lemur is predominantly a leaf-eater, although it supplements its diet with fruits and flowers. It is an arboreal species, and travels through the trees by leaping. As with other leaping primates, it has stereoscopic vision that enables it to determine distances precisely. Weasel Lemur groups consist solely of a mother and its offspring; the males are solitary, and are very territorial. Each weasel sportive lemur occupies a territory of 1/2 to 1¼ acres (1500 to 5000 m²). Like some other lemurs, they are nocturnal.

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