Lemurs are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. They are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. Although lemurs often are confused with ancestral primates, the anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes, and humans) did not evolve from them; instead, lemurs merely share morphological and behavioral traits with basal primates. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar around 62 to 65 mya by rafting on mats of vegetation at a time when ocean currents favored oceanic dispersal to the island. Since that time, lemurs have evolved to cope with an extremely seasonal environment and their adaptations give them a level of diversity that rivals that of all other primate groups. Until shortly after humans arrived on the island around 2,000 years ago, there were lemurs as large as a male gorilla. Today, there are nearly 100 species of lemurs, and most of those species have been discovered or promoted to full species status since the 1990s
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SteveH (6405) 2011-12-18 1:57
Hi Patrick, beautiful shot of this small creature, Focus is perfect where it needs to be, on its eyes. Blurred BG ensures that the focus of the image is held by the lemur. Cheers, Steve
eversmile (11636) 2011-12-20 7:57
La qualité est exceptionnelle. On dirait presque une macro!!! La netteté est superbe et les yeux brillants, avec cette" main" qui dépasse, donne au lémurien une présence incroyable! J'aime beaucoup la couleur fauve du fond bien brouillé aussi, qui s'accorde à la couleurs de son pelage. Une photo qui va direct dans mon nouveau thème animalier.
PS: un voyage de prévu en janvier-février?
CLODO (35754) 2011-12-22 6:19
Wouahh, ces yeux!
Absolument superbe, Patrick
freeride01 (167) 2012-05-19 9:26
sweet and scary the same time!! Especoally the reflection in the eyes. Nice shot!!
- Copyright: Chatelier Patrick (photilus) (5550)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-11-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D700, 105mm f/2.5
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Somptuous animal world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-16 11:17