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Know your lemurs

Lemur classification is contentious. The number of recognised species has shot up since the 1990s, a result both of new discoveries and advances in genetic taxonomy. Today the total stands at some 103, although this remains a work in progress. All lemurs belong to one of the following five families:

MOUSE LEMURS (ABOVE) AND DWARF LEMURS (Cheirogaleidae) Small to tiny; horizontal in posture; nocturnal and omnivorous; ±30 species.

Credit: Mike Unwin
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