Lepilemur ruficaudatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lepilemur ruficaudatus
Species Authority: A. Grandidier, 1867
Common Name/s:
English Red-tailed Sportive Lemur, Lesser Weasel Lemur
French Petit Lépilémur

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 now unclear, with resulting lack of clarity on population status. 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: This species is found in the dry forests of western Madagascar. As here understood, the species occurs north of the Mangoky (with L. hubbardi occurring south of this river) north to the Tsiribihina River where its range apparently meets that of L. randrinanasoli.
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is now unclear in light of recent taxonomic reshuffling in the Lepilemur species of western Madagascar.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in the dry forests of western Madagascar.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, but habitat lost to expanding livestock populations is likely to be a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. It occurs in the Andranomena Special Reserve and the Analabe Private Reserve, and may also be found in the Kirindy-Mitea 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 ruficaudatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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