|Scientific Name:||Lepilemur leucopus|
|Species Authority:||(Major, 1894)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)|
Listed as Data Deficient as, in light of recent taxonomic upheavals in the genus Lepilemur, the precise distribution range of this species has become unclear. If it is indeed confined to the region between the Menarandra River and Andohahela, then it probably will warrant listing in a threatened category given its limited extent of occurrence and known threats.
|Range Description:||This species is found in the Didiereaceae (spiny forests) and gallery forests of southern Madagascar. As here understood, with the description of lemurs west of the Menarandra and Linta Rivers as L. petteri, L. leucopus is now confined to the region between the Menarandra River and the Mandrare River. Sea level to 300 m.|
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|Population:||Common. Population densities in both spiny and gallery forest of the Berenty Private Reserve in southern Madagascar have been estimated at several hundreds of animals per square kilometre.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species has been studied principally in gallery and Didiereaceae dry forests near the Berenty Private Reserve (see Mittermeier et al. 2008, and references therein).|
|Major Threat(s):||The main threats to this species are habitat loss due to annual burning practices to create new pasture for livestock, and subsequent over-grazing and the felling of trees for charcoal production.|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. Protected areas in which it is known to occur include one national park (Andohahela) and the Berenty Private Reserve. Consideration should be given to the establishment of protected areas in the middle of the species' range. Further work is now urgently needed to clarify the distribution and taxonomic limits of the recently described Lepilemur species.|
Louis, E., Engberg, S., Lei, R., Geng, H., Sommer, J., Randriamampionona, R., Randriamanana, J., Zaonarivelo, J., Andriantompohavana, R., Randria, G., Prosper, Ramaromilanto, B., Rakotoarisoa, G., Rooney, A. and Brenneman, R. 2006. Molecular and morphological analyses of the sportive lemurs (family Megaladapidae: genus Lepilemur) reveals 11 previously unrecognized species. Special Publications, Museum of Texas Tech University 49: 1 – 49.
Mittermeier, R., Louis, E., Hawkins, F., Langrand, O., Ganzhorn, J., Konstant, W., Rasoloarison, R., Rajaobelina, S. and Richardson, M. 2008. Lemurs of Madagascar, 3rd edition. Conservation International.
|Citation:||Hoffmann, M. 2008. Lepilemur leucopus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 10 March 2014.|
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