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Propithecus tattersalli Simons, 1988

Scientific name: 
Scientist name: 
Simons, 1988
Ankomba Malandy, Simpona
Tattersall’s Sifaka
Other english: 
Golden-crowned Sifaka
Propithèque de Tattersall



Propithecus tattersalli is similar in size to the southern and western dry forest sifakas. It has a head-body length of 45–47 cm, a tail length of 42–47 cm, a total length of 87–94 cm, and a weight of 3.4–3.6 kg (Meyers, 1993; Ravosa et al., 1993; Lehman et al., 2005a). The dorsal coat is creamy-white, with similar coloration on the chest, shoulders, upper arms, genital region and rump. The forearms and tops of the legs often are pale orange. The ears are prominent and black, sporting distinctive white tufts that give the head a triangular appearance. The face is bare and black, and the eyes are orange. The most useful characters in field identification are the golden cap and the protruding ear tufts. This species cannot be confused with any other lemur in its range.