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Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Black and White Ruffed Lemur
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2005-08-21
Categorias: Mammals
Câmara: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2005-08-28 4:45
Visto: 4258
Pontos: 16
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Photo taken at the San Francisco Zoo

Black and White Ruffed Lemur
Varecia variegata variegata

Fascinating Facts
Black and white ruffed lemurs make very dramatic sounds. The most characteristic calls are an intense roar of alarm and a powerful plaintive-sounding call for territorial expression, followed by loud, rather birdlike clucks.

Physical Characteristics
There are two sub-species of ruffed lemur, the largest members of the living Lemuridae family. The black and white ruffed lemur and the red ruffed lemur are very similar, but differ in coloration, as suggested by their names. Weighing up to seven pounds, these animals have thick, soft, woolly fur, piebald black and white, with a white ruff. The ears are hidden by hair tufts, but they have excellent hearing. Patterns and distribution of color vary; often the right side varies from the left. They have a fox-like muzzle with a wet nose.
Their distinctive golden eyes have some stereoscopic vision but no cones, the basis for color vision, in the retina. They superbly adapted for their life in the trees, with grasping fingers and toes. The thumbs and great toes are semi-opposable and large, and the grooming claw is only on the second toe of the hind foot.

Life span in the wild is 15 years, and 19 years in captivity.

Black and white ruffed lemurs are found in eastern Madagascar in the coastal rain forests, at the canopy level.
In the wild, they eat mostly fruits, leaves and rice.

Social Behavior
This particular species form small family groups, generally a mated pair with two to five young. As far as is known, these groups do not defend territories from each other, but do give loud calls to their neighbors, often in a sequence that is given by one group to another.
Normal mating season in the wild is in July and August. Births are usually twins or triplets, and occur in October and November. Though their eyes are open and they are fully furred, the young are too weak to cling to the female, so they are placed in a nest of branches and leaves. The mother builds the nest before the young are born, and lines it with fur plucked from her flanks. No other true lemur builds a nest. The infants remain in the nest for about three weeks. When out of the nest, the young are carried in the female’s mouth and often deposited in a convenient place while she forages. By five weeks of age, they can climb to the tops of trees. At two months, the young will play with their father, roll on their backs and try their teeth.


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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2005-08-28 4:56]

HI Manyee!
Interesting animal, I have never seen it before.
we don`t have it in our zoo. He have an interesting eyes. Beautiful colours and good sharpness, very good shot, I like it.

Hi Manyee

Nice shot. I find these guys to have scary eyes. No real life in them, just a blank stare. Good sharpness and detail with a small amount of OE on the whites. Only nit is the tail has been chopped.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-08-28 10:41]
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Hi Manyee,

Good post! The composition is nice (just too bad you didn't get the tail in the frame) and the note is very informative. The exposure could be better as some of the white parts are burnt (especially the back). B&W animals are very difficult to expose. POV is very good. Well done & TFS!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-28 12:36]
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What a nice and interesting Lemur that you have well captured ! Colors, details and sharpness are very good ! A little part is OE and I wanted all its tail ;-) Thanks for sharing Manyee.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-28 13:46]

Manyee, this is cute and funny.

I like the eyes and the pose. Great sharpness.

As already mentioned, getting a great exposure with such contrast is not an easy task, but you did well.

Great pov and composition too.

  • Good 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-28 16:48]

Hi Manyee,
good details in this shot, nice colours and a good composition. Tail and OE has been mentioned before. The yellow-eyed stare really catches the eye.
Well done!

  • Great 
  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-08-29 11:14]

It´s really a very good shot. Perfect work

  • Great 
  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-29 11:41]

I like the staring and the exposure... strange animal to me, thanks a lot to show it...
so nice composition...
well done manyee..

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-05 12:59]

Excelente foto desse belo animal!

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