Lepilemur microdon


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lepilemur microdon
Species Authority: (Forsyth Major, 1894)
Common Name/s:
English Small-toothed Sportive Lemur, Light-necked Sportive Lemur, Microdon Sportive Lemur
Spanish Lemur Comadreja De Dientes Pequeños

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer/s: Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)
Listed as Data Deficient as the taxonomic and geographic limits of the species are poorly known, with resulting lack of clarity on population size and associated information. However, given known threats and clarity on the distribution range, the species may warrant listing as threatened in future.
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)
1988 Insufficiently Known (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Insufficiently Known (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: With the recent descriptions of several new species of Lepilemur from eastern Madagascar, the range of L. microdon has become unclear. Based on the interpretation of the distributions of Louis et al. (2006), this species now occurs south of the Namorona River perhaps to the Manampatrana where replaced by L. jamesi, but this remains unclear.
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is now unclear, in light of major taxonomic reshuffling in the genus Lepilemur. Whereas L. microdon formerly was a widespread taxon in Madagascar's eastern rainforests, under current arrangements its range is much more restricted.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An inhabitant of eastern rainforests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, although slash and burn agriculture is the main cause of forest loss in the eastern forests. Hunting pressure is also known to be high, and includes hunting with spears, and by chopping down trees known to have nest holes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. Occurs at least in Ranomafana National Park. Further work is now urgently needed to clarify the distribution and taxonomic limits of the recently described Lepilemur species.
Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Lepilemur microdon. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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