Lepilemur seali


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lepilemur seali
Species Authority: Louis Jr., Engberg, Lei, Geng, Sommer, Randriamampionona, Randriamanana, Zaonarivelo <i>et al</i>., 2006
Common Name/s:
English Seal's Sportive Lemur
Taxonomic Notes: Tattersall (2007) has cautioned that the Lepilemur species reported by Louis et al. (2006), all diagnosed exclusively on genetic distance and all allopatric, be treated with extreme caution until supporting data are forthcoming.

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, and further information is required to determine its limits of distribution, population status and threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Currently known from the Anjanaharibé-Sud region, north of the Antainambalana River (Louis et al. 2006). Additional work is needed to determine the limits between this species and Lepilemur mustelinus to the south. Louis et al. (2006) assigned the Lepilemur from Mananara-Nord (south of the Antainambalana River) to this species, even though the available molecular data suggest that this population will be described as a separate species in the future (Louis et al. 2006). The identity of populations on the Masaola Peninsula also requires investigation; these are provisionally here included in L. seali.
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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 the eastern rainforests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, but habitat loss and hunting are presumably threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. It occurs in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve and Mananara-Nord National Park. Based on its presumed distribution as understood here, it also would be the species in Marojejy and Masoala National Parks and Ambatovaky and Maratondrano Special Reserves. Further work is now urgently needed to clarify the distribution and taxonomic limits of the recently described Lepilemur species.
Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Lepilemur seali. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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