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