In this comprehensive volume, written by experts in the field, information gathered on lemur ecology and adaptation over the past 15 years is presented by both seasoned and newer lemur researchers, and provides us with further knowledge concerning both well-studied and rarely studied extant species, as well as insights into the ecology and adaptation of some of the recently extinct lemurs. With the dramatic increase in behavioral and ecological studies on a great variety of lemur species in the past few decades, our knowledge concerning the adaptation of these charming primates to Madagascar's unpredictable and sometimes harsh environmental conditions has improved significantly. Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation will be a useful and fascinating source book for researchers and students of primate ecology. This book brings together information from recent research, and provides new insight into the study of lemur origins, and the ecology and adaptation of both extant and recently extinct lemurs. In addition, it addresses issues of primate behavioral ecology and how environment can play a major role in explaining species variation. It is the only comprehensive volume to focus on lemur ecology and adaptability, with chapters written by all the big names in the field.
Lemur Origins, History of Ecological Studies on Lemurs, and the Ecology of the Recently Extinct (Subfossil) Lemurs.- Origin of the Malagasy Strepsirhine Primates.- Notes on the History of Ecological Studies of Malagasy Lemurs.- Ecology and Extinction of Madagascar's Subfossil Lemurs.- The Evolution of Lemur Traits, Basic and Unusual Patterns.- Impact of Ecology on the Teeth of Extant Lemurs: A Review of Dental Adaptations, Function, and Life History.- Big Is Beautiful: Fat Storage and Hibernation as a Strategy to Cope with Marked Seasonality in the Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus medius).- Polyspecific Associations of Crowned Lemurs and Sanford's Lemurs in Madagascar.- Cathemerality in Lemurs.- Adaptations in the Aye-aye: A Review.- Connecting Ecology and Adaptation: Summaries and New Studies.- Evolutionary Divergence in the Brown Lemur Species Complex.- Ecological Diversity and Seasonal Adaptations of Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus spp.).- Social Pair-Bonding and Resource Defense in Wild Red-Bellied Lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer).- Lemur catta Ecology: What We Know and What We Need to Know.- Impact of Seasonality and Reproduction on Social Structure, Ranging Patterns, and Fission-Fusion Social Organization in Red Ruffed Lemurs.- Ecologically Enigmatic Lemurs: The Sifakas of the Eastern Forests (Propithecus candidus, P. diadema, P. edwardsi, P. perrieri, and P. tattersalli).- Behavioral and Ecological Adaptations in Two Small Folivorous Lemurs with Different Social Organization: Avabi and Lepilemur.- The Feeding Ecology and Related Adaptations of Indri indri.- Behavior and Ecology of Gentle Lemurs (Genus Hapalemur).- Lemur Adaptations to a Changing Environment, Natural and Anthropogenic Stress.- Considering Climate Change Effects in Lemur Ecology and Conservation.- Diet Composition, Foraging, and Feeding Behavior in Relation to Habitat Disturbance: Implications for the Adaptability of Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata editorium) in Manombo Forest, Madagascar.- Overview on the Health and Disease Ecology of Wild Lemurs: Conservation Implications.
From the reviews:
"Gould and Sauther provide a broad update on a variety of lemurs ... . Gould and Sauther's volume is organized into 4 sections. ... I appreciated that most chapters go beyond social behavior and ecology to integrate a wide range of phylogenetic, physiological and morphological data to the question of lemur adaptations. ... are excellent resources as overviews and introductions to their topics. Persons who work on any lemur taxon will want to own Lemurs, Ecology and Adaptation ... ." (Leanne T. Nash, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 28, 2007)
"Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation, edited by Lisa Gould and Michelle Sauther, represents a compilation of 20 chapters by 29 contributors who have conducted field work in Madagascar. ... The book is divided into four sections covering lemur origins and ecology, the evolution of lemur traits, ecology and adaptation, and lemur adaptations to changing environments. ... I heartily recommend this up-to-date volume to any professional behavioral ecologist or graduate student interested in the primates of Madagascar." (Diane K. Brockman, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 15, 2008)
"Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation sets out to provide a single source of information from a wealth of lemur research collected during the last fifteen years. ... Serious lemur researchers will find this book to be a useful and informative resource, whilst students will find it to be a good introduction to - and overview of - lemur studies." (Kara Moses, Primate Eye, February, 2009)
Preface.- Origins of Lemurs.- History of Lemur Ecological Studies.- Climate, Evolution of Traits, Effect of Environmental Pressures on Lemur Ecology Today.- Ecology and Diet of Sub-Fossil Lemur Species and Reasons for Extinction.- The Impact of Ecology on the Dental Adaptations of Extant Lemurids.- Lemur catta: Adaptation of a Lemur Species to a Markedly Arid Habitat.- Ecology and Sub-Speciation of Eulemur fulvus, the Most Widespread Diurnal Species of Lemur.- The Red-Bellied Lemur: Ecology of a Pair-Bonded Rainforest Species.- An Example of Sympatry and Polyspecific Associations in Lemurs: E. coronatus and E.f. sanfordii in Northern Madagascar.- E. mongoz and Cathemerality: Adaptation to a Seasonal Enviornment.- The Sifakas: Adaptations of a Widespread genus (Propithecus).- Propithecus verreauxi: Ecology and Adaptations of the White Sifaka to a Dry Habitat Covering a Large Geographic Area.- The Indri: Ecology of a Large Rainforest Lemur.- Hapalemur: The Only Primates who are Bamboo Specialists.- Varecia: Adaptations of the Ruffed Lumur to a Very Wet Habitat and Frequent Cyclones.- Lipilemur and Avahi: Evolution of Small-Bodies Nocturnal Primates to Folivory.- Cheirogaleus: Hibernation and Fat Storage in the Dwarf Lemur as a Strategy to Cope with Marked Seasonality.- Microcebus (the Mouse Lemurs): The Ecology, Adaptations, and Distribution of the Smallest Primate Genera.- Ecology and Adaptations of Mirz and Phaner.- Index.
This book brings together information from recent research, and provides new insight into the study of lemur origins, and the ecology and adaptation of both extant and recently extinct lemurs. In addition, it addresses issues of primate behavioral ecology and how environment can play a major role in explaining species variation. It is the only comprehensive volume to focus on lemur ecology and adaptability, with chapters written by all the big names in the field.
The only comprehensive volume on the market that focuses on lemur ecology and adaptability, with chapters written by all the big names in the field