Ring tailed lemur eating lunch!! Taken at Bristol Zoo.

Lemurs (pronounced /ˈliːmə®/ US dict: lē′·mər) are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. They are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. Although lemurs often are confused with ancestral primates, the anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes, and humans) did not evolve from them; instead, lemurs merely share morphological and behavioral traits with basal primates. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar around 62 to 65 mya by rafting on mats of vegetation at a time when ocean currents favored oceanic dispersal to the island. Since that time, lemurs have evolved to cope with an extremely seasonal environment and their adaptations give them a level of diversity that rivals that of all other primate groups. Until shortly after humans arrived on the island around 2,000 years ago, there were lemurs as large as a male gorilla. Today, there are nearly 100 species of lemurs, and most of those species have been discovered or promoted to full species status since the 1990s; however, lemur taxonomic classification is controversial and depends on which species concept is used. Even the higher-level taxonomy is disputed, with some experts preferring to place most lemurs within the infraorder Lemuriformes, while others prefer Lemuriformes to contain all living strepsirrhines, placing all lemurs in superfamily Lemuroidea and all lorises and galagos in superfamily Lorisoidea.
Ranging in size from 30 g (1.1 oz) to 9 kg (20 lb), lemurs share many common, basal primate traits, such as divergent digits on their hands and feet and nails instead of claws (in most species). However, their brain-to-body size ratio is smaller than that of anthropoid primates, and among many other traits they share with other strepsirrhine primates, they have a “wet nose” (rhinarium). Lemurs are generally the most social of the strepsirrhine primates and communicate more with scents and vocalizations than with visual signals. Many lemur adaptations are in response to Madagascar’s highly seasonal environment. Lemurs have relatively low basal metabolic rates and may exhibit seasonal breeding, dormancy (such as hibernation or torpor), or female social dominance. Most eat a wide variety of fruits and leaves, while some are specialists. Although many share similar diets, different species of lemur share the same forests by differentiating niches.(courtesy of Wilkipedia)

Sally Green is a self taught photographer, living in the West country, UK. She loves taking photographs of her cats and enjoys macro photography.She enjoys Photoshop work and manipulating images too. She has recently bought a Sony A55 and lenses. She has held exhibitions of her work, and is an active member of her local photography group… Bleadon Photographic group

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  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 4 years ago

    he’s so cute…I love these little ones!!! Great shot :o)

  • thanks SO much! yep, they are just adorable things! X

    – Sally Green

  • laurav
    lauravalmost 4 years ago

    Fab image! I love these!

  • thanks laura! me too!! X

    – Sally Green

  • Livvy Young
    Livvy Youngalmost 4 years ago

    YUM YUM he say’s,no photos please I am eating, LOL, great shot Sally.

  • lol… thanks Liv. i was so pleased to get the focus just so perfect on this shot! X

    – Sally Green

  • Kathilee
    Kathileealmost 4 years ago

    Interesting how they were once as large as male gorillas…wonderful capture

  • thanks so much! yes, imagine them that size! WOW! x

    – Sally Green

  • SharonD
    SharonDalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Sally.

  • thanks so much sharon, its appreciated x

    – Sally Green

  • karenkirkham
    karenkirkhamalmost 4 years ago

    Fascinating creatures excellent capture

  • thanks so much karen. yes, they are fascinating to watch X

    – Sally Green

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 4 years ago

    Too cute Sally! Love this :)

  • thanks ursula! although judging by those teeth they would give a terrible bite! lol. amazing creatures to see x

    – Sally Green

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Great action shot Sally … they are so cute ~ lovely colour and detail!

  • thanks susie! its appreciated x

    – Sally Green

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    Rosehavenover 3 years ago


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  • oh how marvellous!! thanks SO much! its appreciated X

    – Sally Green

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture! Congratulations!!

  • thank you glenn! it did have a mad look in its eyes though! lol X

    – Sally Green

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