Genetic tests of the taxonomic status of the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from the high mountain zone of the Andringitra Massif, Madagascar


Journal Article

A recent survey of the high-mountain zone of the Madagascar Parc National (PN) d'Andringitra revealed the presence of an apparently isolated troop of the ring-tailed lemur Lemur catta. These animals display phenotypic and ecological characteristics that are unusual for the monotypic genus Lemur, thus raising the possibility that they are members of a different undescribed species. We present analyses of two mitochondrial genes to test the hypothesis that L. catta from Andringitra should be considered a distinct species. The results indicate that taxonomic revision is not warranted under the expectations of the phylogenetic, coalescent, or biological species concepts. Rather, the genetic patterns observed among the Andringitra and lowland mitochondrial haplotypes are consistent with those expected for a single species.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yoder, AD; Irwin, JA; Goodman, SM; Rakotoarisoa, SV

Published Date

  • September 25, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 252 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 9

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-8369

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0952836900009018

Citation Source

  • Scopus