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Lémuriens de Madagascar [Lemurs of Madagascar]

Flora / Fauna
By: Russell A Mittermeier(Editor), Edward E Louis, Jr.(Editor), Olivier Langrand(Editor), Christoph Schwitzer(Editor), Claude-Anne Gauthier(Editor), Anthony B Rylands(Editor), Serge Rajaobelina(Editor), Jonah Ratsimbazafy(Editor), Rodin Rasoloarison(Editor), Frank Hawkins(Editor), Christian Roos(Editor), Matthew Richardson(Editor), Peter M Kappeler(Editor), Stephen D Nash(Illustrator), Agnès El Kaïm(Translated by)
841 pages, 680 colour photos and colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
Lémuriens de Madagascar [Lemurs of Madagascar]
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Language: French, with French, English, German, Malagasy and scientific species names

Madagascar is veritable laboratory of evolution and the second richest country in the world where primate diversity is concerned, with 98 endemic species. But it is also a fragile country and its natural riches are rapidly being depleted. In 2012, the IUCN revealed the staggering number of lemur species in danger of extinction. With 15% of species and subspecies of known primates, 20% of genera and 36% of families, Madagascar's responsibility in terms of conservation couldn't be bigger.

Lémuriens de Madagascar synthesises the available data on ecology, distribution and conservation status of lemurs, and allows for their identification in the field. It is hoped this work will contribute to the development of ecotourism in Madagascar, encourages the pursuit of new research, and bolsters the available knowledges on lemur biology. The 102 known taxa are richly illustrated, and the geographical distribution, ecology, and behaviour or each species is described in detail. Coloured borders allow for rapid finding of the five families.

The first six chapters present the geological history of Madagascar, tells the story of how lemurs arrived here, extinc species, their discovery and study, and current conservation issues. Chapters 7 to 11 are the core of the book and present details data for each of the 102 species and subspecies. Finally, appendices offer a large number of topographical maps of the island, its biogeographical regions, floristic domains, and lists places where lemurs can best be observed in their natural habitat.

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Madagascar, véritable laboratoire de I'évolution pour la faune et la flore, est le 2ème pays au monde en matière de diversité de primates, avec 98 espèces endémiques. C'est aussi un pays fragile dont les richesses naturelles s’érodent très rapidement. Ainsi, en 2012, l’UICN a révélé une hausse dramatique du nombre de lémuriens menacés d'extinction. Avec 15 % des espèces et sous-espèces de primates connus au monde, 20 % des genres et 36 % des familles, la responsabilité du pays en terme de conservation n'en est que plus grande.

Cet ouvrage synthétise les données disponibles concernant l’écologie, la répartition et le statut de conservation des lérnuriens, et perrnet Ieur identification dans la nature. ll espère contribuer ainsi au développement de l'écotourisme à Madagascar, encourager la poursuite de nouvelles recherches et l'augmentation des connaissances sur la biologie des lémuriens. Les 102 taxons actuellement connus sont richement illustrés et la répartition géographique, l'écologie et le comportement de chacun d'eux sont décrits en détail. Un repère en couleur sur la tranche de l'ouvrage permet rapidement de visualiser les cinq familles de lémuriens actuels.

Les six premiers chapitres présentent l’histoire géologique de l'île, comment les lémuriens y sont arrivés, les espèces éteintes, la découverte et l'étude des lémuriens actuels ainsi que Ies enjeux de Ieur conservation. Les chapitres 7 à 11 constituent l'essentiel de l'ouvrage et fournissent les données détaillées sur les 102 espèces et sous-espèces. Enfin, les annexes offrent de nombreuses cartes présentant Ia topographie de I'île, ses régions biogéographiques et domaines floristiques, et répertorient les Iieux où peuvent être observés ces lémuriens dans Ieur habitat naturel.

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Flora / Fauna
By: Russell A Mittermeier(Editor), Edward E Louis, Jr.(Editor), Olivier Langrand(Editor), Christoph Schwitzer(Editor), Claude-Anne Gauthier(Editor), Anthony B Rylands(Editor), Serge Rajaobelina(Editor), Jonah Ratsimbazafy(Editor), Rodin Rasoloarison(Editor), Frank Hawkins(Editor), Christian Roos(Editor), Matthew Richardson(Editor), Peter M Kappeler(Editor), Stephen D Nash(Illustrator), Agnès El Kaïm(Translated by)
841 pages, 680 colour photos and colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
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