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Avahi laniger (woolly lemur)

Synonyms: Avahis laniger orientalis; Habrocebus lanatus; Indris longicaudatus

Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), also known as the eastern avahi or Gmelin's woolly lemur, is a species of woolly lemur native to eastern Madagascar, where it lives in humid forests. This nocturnal animal weighs 1.0–1.3 kg and reaches a length of 27–29 cm with a tail of 33–37 cm. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and buds. Eastern woolly lemurs live in monogamous pairs together with their offspring.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 19.04
EDGE Score: 3


Adult Weight [2]  2.65 lbs (1.20 kg)
Diet [3]  Frugivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  80 %
Forages - Arboreal [3]  100 %
Arboreal [1]  Yes
Nocturnal [1]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Madagascar lowland forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Madagascar subhumid forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
La Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d' Ankarafantsika National Park II 335701 Madagascar  
Mantadia National Park II 38395 Madagascar
Parc National de Marojejy National Park II 148550 Madagascar
Rainforests of the Atsinanana World Heritage Site 1185268 Toamasina, Madagascar  
Ranomafana National Park II 100646 Madagascar  
Réserve de Faune de Périnet Analamozaotra Special Reserve II 2204 Madagascar  
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andohahela National Park II 180522 Madagascar
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andringitra National Park II 76961 Madagascar
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Zahamena National Park II 102875 Madagascar
Réserve Spéciale Ankarana Special Reserve II 62972 Madagascar  
Reserve de la Biosphere du Mananara Nord Biosphere Reserve 345948 Madagascar  
Reserve Speciale d'Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve IV 45390 Madagascar  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Prey / Diet

Dombeya pubescens[4]
Erythroxylum sphaeranthum[4]
Harungana madagascariensis[4]
Oncostemum botryoides[4]
Razafimandimbisonia humblotii[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Hapalemur aureus (golden bamboo lemur)1
Hapalemur griseus (bamboo lemur)1


Accipiter henstii (Henst's Goshawk)[5]
Cryptoprocta ferox (Fossa)[5]
Homo sapiens (man)[6]
Polyboroides radiatus (Madagascar Harrier-Hawk)[5]


Parasitized by 
Phthirpediculus avahidis[6]

Range Map




Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Group Composition, Home Range Size, and Diet of Three Sympatric Bamboo Lemur Species (Genus Hapalemur) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, Chia L. Tan, International Journal of Primatology, Vol.20, No. 4, 1999, pp. 547-566
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4{Feeding Patterns in a Small-bodied Nocturnal Folivore (Avahi laniger) and the Influence of Leaf Chemistry: A preliminary Study, A.L. Faulkner, S.M. Lehman, Folia Primatol 894
5Predation on Lemurs in the Rainforest of Madagascar by Multiple Predator Species: Observations and Experiments, Sarah M. Karpanty and Patricia C. Wright, Primate Anti-Predator Strategies, Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, 2007, Part 2, 77-99
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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