Lepilemur mittermeieri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lepilemur mittermeieri
Species Authority: Rabarivola, Zaramody, Fausser, Andriaholinirina, Roos, Zinner, Marcel & Rumpler, 2006
Common Name/s:
English Mittermeier's Sportive Lemur
Taxonomic Notes: Zinner et al. (2007) examined conflicting results in the genetic analysis of sportive lemurs in north-west Madagascar, those within in the range of what once considered to be Lepilemur dorsalis. Since the type localities of L. dorsalis Gray, 1871 and L. grandidieri Forsyth Major, 1894, were both “Northwest Madagascar”, the proper name of one or two of the new species from the region (sahamalazensis, grewcocki, mittermeieri, tymlerachsoni) could be either of these two. The true "dorsalis", as such, had not been identified, and no attempt has been made to identify grandidieri, formerly a junior synonym of dorsalis. Genetic analysis of the holotypes of dorsalis and grandidieri is needed to resolve this. Zinner et al. (2007) indicated, therefore, that tymerlachsoni and/or mittermeieri might be junior synonyms.

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 this species is only recently described, its taxonomic status is unclear relative to other recently described lemurs in northwest Madagascar, and further information is required to determine its limits of distribution, population status and threats. If it is indeed shown to be a valid form confined to the Ampasindava Peninsula, then this species will almost certainly warrant listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from the Ampasindava Peninsula in north-western Madagascar. Formerly, the sportive lemurs found on the Ampasindava Peninsula were thought to be L. dorsalis. The precise limits of distribution are unclear, especially relative to L. sahamalazensis and L. dorsalis (Rabarivola et al. 2006).
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population status of this species. One of 15 new species of Lepilemur described in 2006.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An inhabitant of humid rainforest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, although charcoal production is a problem on the Ampasindava Peninsula.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Listed on CITES Appendix I. Not currently known from any protected areas. The remaining forest on the Ampasindava Peninsula should be considered for inclusion within a protected area. Further work is now urgently needed to clarify the distribution and taxonomic limits of the recently described Lepilemur species.
Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Lepilemur mittermeieri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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