Eastern Fork-marked Lemur

The Eastern Fork-marked Lemur (Phaner furcifer), is found in the coastal forests of northern and western Madagascar. Its diet consists mainly of the gum of trees in temperate deciduous forests. It has become specialized for harvesting this substance. It has a dental comb-like filling that is used to scrape the gum that oozes out of holes in the tree’s surface. The structure consists of a row of lower teeth that are long and forward protruding.

The female can breed for only 3 to 4 days of the entire year, typically in June. She gives birth to a single offspring in November or December. The offspring initially lives in the tree hole of the parents, then is carried by the mother, first ventrally, then dorsally.