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Varecia variegata subcincta (A. Smith, 1833)

Scientific name: 
Scientist name: 
(A. Smith, 1833)
Vary, Varikandana, Varikandra, VarijatsyVarijatsy
Northern Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur
Other english: 
White-belted Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur
Vari à ceinture



As with the other subspecies of Varecia variegata, this is a large quadrupedal lemur with a body weight of 3.1–3.6 kg (Morland, 1991a). Although no measurements for this subspecies have been published, it is safe to assume that it is similar to V. v. variegata. The fur of V. v. subcincta is black and white with a distinct white belt around its otherwise black back. The abdomen, tail, extremities, inner aspects of the limbs, forehead, circum-orbital area, and top of the head are also black, whereas the outer aspects of the limbs as well as the base of the tail are white. As with V. v. variegata, the coat is fluffy, the tail is long and bushy, and the ears are “ruffed” with long thick white hair. The eyes can be yellow or amber-colored. There is no difference in size or coloration between the sexes.