Palaeopropithecus ingens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Palaeopropithecidae

Scientific Name: Palaeopropithecus ingens G. Grandidier, 1899
Common Name(s):
English Large Sloth Lemur
Taxonomic Notes: Two species of Palaeopropithecus have been described (P. ingens and P. maximus), but some experts do not distinguish between them.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct 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)
This species is known only from subfossil remains on Madagascar where radio-carbon dating suggests that it may have survived until around 1620.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Known only from subfossil remains on Madagascar where it is believed to have had a wide distribution.
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Population [top]

Population:Extinct. Relict populations may have survived until as late as 1300 to 1620 AD (Burney et al. 2004).
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Unknown, although it was believed to be extremely suspensory, hence the name "sloth lemur".

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The reasons for the extinction are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are needed.

Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Palaeopropithecus ingens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136532A4306543. . Downloaded on 16 August 2018.
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