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Southern Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Cheirogaleus
Species: C. adipicaudatus
Binomial name
Cheirogaleus adipicaudatus
Grandidier, 1868

The Southern Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus adipicaudatus), also known as the Spiny Desert Dwarf Lemur, is found only on the island of Madagascar. This species is known from Fort Dauphin.

Like other fat-tailed lemurs, C. adipicaudatus is able to store fat in its tail, and this provides a source of energy during its period of dormancy.

The dental formula of this species is 2:1:3:3 on both the upper and lower jaws.

This lemur has a pelage coloration that is dark dorsally and gray ventrally. There is a vaguely expressed dorsal stripe running down the back and has a relatively short white median facial stripe. It has black eye-rings are black and white fingers.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 111. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Andrainarivo, C., Andriaholinirina, V. N., Feistner, A., Felix, T., Ganzhorn, J., Garbutt, N., Golden, C., Konstant, B., Louis Jr., E., Meyers, D., Mittermeier, R. A., Perieras, A., Princee, F., Rabarivola, J. C., Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ratsimbazafy, J., Raveloarinoro, G., Razafimanantsoa, A., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C., Thalmann, U., Wilmé, L. & Wright, P. (2008). Cheirogaleus adipicaudatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 January 2009.
  3. ^ Groves, Colin (2000). "The genus Cheirogaleus: Unrecognized biodiversity in dwarf lemurs". International Journal of Primatology 21 (6): 943–962. doi:10.1023/A:1005559012637. 


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