The common brown lemur is found on the island of Madagascar and its neighboring islands. This species of lemur lives in troops of 3-12 members. Unlike most other lemurs, the common brown lemur does not show signs of female dominance within their troops.

Another thing that sets common brown lemurs apart from other lemurs is that they rarely use their hands to hold and manipulate food. The common brown lemur’s diet mainly consists of flowers, fruit, and young leaves. They use their opposable thumbs to grab onto fruit-laden branches and pull it towards their mouth.

Did You Know?
Common brown lemurs are critical in maintaining the flora and fauna in Madagascar. Because their diet is fruit-heavy, they play an important role in the dispersal of seeds. They even drop the seeds in convenient little piles of fertilizer!

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Lemuridae
  • Genus: Eulemur
  • Species: E. fulvus
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