Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52251

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Indriidae
Genus:Propithecus
Genus species:Propithecus verreauxi

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:400-475 cm
Weight:3-4 kg
Identification:The Verreaux's sifaka has a long, thick coat that is primarily white with a dark brown crown. The face and muzzle are black, the eyes are yellow, and the undersides often appear darker.
Habitat:Dry deciduous forests
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, fruits, flowers
Reproduction:January and February make up the breeding season. One offspring is born after a gestation period of 155-165 days. The young are independent by six months of age.
Females dominate the groups of mixed individuals, including up to 14 animals.
Behavior:Verreaux's sifakas are largely arboreal but will occasionally hop with two feet along the ground. They are also diurnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The Verreaux's sifaka is the most abundant sifaka species.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern Madagascar Date:1981-10 Subjects:primate
Verreaux's sifaka
monkey
Sifakas
Indridae
Lemurs
Prosimians
Primates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata