Lemurs (superfamily Lemuroidea)

Lemurs form a sizeable group of primates, found only on the island of Madagascar. They are the oldest primate species and there are more than 100 species.

The are divided into 8 families which we will handle one by one. (there is some discussion as to where these lines should be and how many inferaforms there are (2-4) I will treat them as one, as it makes little difference to laying this out, I am going to put together this branch of the Primate family in this way – if a concensus for a different arrangement is reached, then at some point, I may well rewrite this page.

So firstly, 3 of the families have no living members (Archaeolemuridae, Megaladapidae and Palaeopropithecidae). That leaves 5 which we will now work through

Family Cheirogaleidae – the dwarf and mouse lemurs 42 species spread across 5 genera

Genus Cheirogaleus: dwarf lemurs

Next Genus Microcebus: mouse lemurs (some these I have failed to find an image – do feel free to send one if you have one)

Next we will cover Genus Phaner which consists of 4 species

Finally, we will cover the last 2 genera in one. These are Genus Allocebus (one species) and Genus Mirza which is giant mouse lemurs (2 species)

The second Lemur family is Daubentoniidae. This only has one species

The next family is Family Indriidae. There are 3 genera

The first genus  is Indri, which contains one speices the Indri

The second Genus is Avahi, which consistos of the  woolly lemurs

The third and last genus of the family Indriidae is Sifakas (this genus is split into 2 groups (Propithecus diadema group 5 species (top row) and Propithecus verreauxi group 4 species(bottom row))

The fourth family is Lemuridae

There are 4 genera in this family, the first is 

Genus Eulemur which is the  true lemurs 

The second genus is Genus Hapalemur, which consists of the bamboo lemurs.

The the third and fourth (final) family of lemurs is Lemur (just the ring-tailed lemur) and Varecia (ruffed lemur 2 species)

The last lemur family is  Lepilemuridae which is also called sportive lemurs

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