Thursday, June 19, 2014
Creature Feature #243: Fork-Marked Lemur
It's been a while since I'm submitted a lemur through my Animal-a-Day, so here she is, the Fork-Marked Lemur, known also as the Tanta.
The Fork-Marked Lemurs are a Family of Dwarf Lemur, consisting of four species. She is characterised by the stripe that runs along her spine and forks at her head into dark stripes down her face. She has large feet, enabling her strong grip on the branches as she scurries through the forest. Nocturnal in nature, her principle diet is tree sap. She uses her long premolars to break through the bark, and extracts the sap inside with her long tongue. She will also eat invertebrates for additional protein.