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Use of Mangroves by Lemurs

Gardner, Charlie J. (2016) Use of Mangroves by Lemurs. International Journal of Primatology, 37 (3). pp. 317-332. ISSN 0164-0291. E-ISSN 1573-8604. (doi:10.1007/s10764-016-9905-1) (KAR id:56011)

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Despite an increasing recognition of the ecosystem services provided by mangroves, we know little about their role in maintaining terrestrial biodiversity, including primates. Madagascar’s lemurs are a top global conservation priority with 94 % of species threatened with extinction, but records of their occurrence in mangroves are scarce. I used a mixed-methods approach to collect published and unpublished observations of lemurs in mangroves: I carried out a systematic literature search, and supplemented this with a targeted information request to 1243 researchers, conservation and tourism professionals and others who may have visited mangroves in Madagascar. I found references to, or observations of, at least 23 species in five families using mangroves, representing more than 20 % of lemur species and over 50 % of species whose distributions include mangrove areas. Lemurs used mangroves for foraging, sleeping and travelling between terrestrial forest patches, and some were observed as much as 3 km from the nearest permanently dry land. However most records were anecdotal and thus tell us little about lemur ecology in this habitat. Mangroves are more widely used by lemurs than has previously been recognised, and merit greater attention from primate researchers and conservationists in Madagascar.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10764-016-9905-1
Uncontrolled keywords: Conservation; Madagascar; Primate-habitat interactions; Refuge; Strepsirrhini
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Charlie Gardner
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 11:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:35 UTC
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