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Lepilemur leucopus (Forsyth Major, 1894)

Scientific name: 
Scientist name: 
(Forsyth Major, 1894)
White-footed Sportive Lemur
Other english: 
White-footed Weasel Lemur
Lépilémur à pattes blanches



Lepilemur leucopus is one of the smallest sportive lemurs, with a head-body length of 19–26 cm, a tail length of 22–26 cm, a total length of 41–52 cm, and a body weight of 500–700 g (Russell, 1977; Louis et al., 2006b; Garbutt, 2007). The dorsal coat, including the head, is pale gray tending toward brown at the shoulders, upper forelimbs, and upper thighs, while the underside is grayish-white and often conspicuous along the flanks and around the base of the tail, even when the animal is clinging to a vertical support. The tail is grayish-brown. The face is grayish-brown, and the eyes are marked by whitish spectacles. The ears are relatively large, rounded and have whitish tufts at their bases. This species is sympatric with Microcebus and Cheirogaleus. It is most likely to be confused with Cheirogaleus, but can usually be distinguished by its vertical clinging posture and tendency to leap from one support to another rather than moving quadrupedally along branches as dwarf lemurs do.