Black and White Ruffed Lemur

© Kathy Salerni

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Terry Cervi level-classic May 04, 2014

Wonderful detail in the fur and such great color too, Kathy! #1572078

Colette M. Metcalf May 04, 2014

Wonderful capture and great detail!!! #11038829

Jeffrey R. Bange May 04, 2014

Great capture Kathy of this beautiful Lemur, love the intense look in his eyes, also thank you for sharing all of the interesting facts about this species. #11038837

Nadia Paul May 04, 2014

They are fascinating creatures - wonderful capture with great detail Kathy! #11038867

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe May 05, 2014

Super closeup and love the "look," Kathy!! #11039004

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 06, 2014

Super detail, clarity, pov & fascinating info, Kathy.

Cindy Bendush level-classic May 06, 2014

Cute little guy with terrific detail! #11040503

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Through its taste for nectar, the black-and-white ruffed lemur has developed a fascinating relationship with the traveller’s tree (Ravenala madagascariensis), a tall palm-like tree topped with a single vertical fan of large leaves. Using its strength and dexterity, this lemur pulls open tough bracts which hide numerous pale, yellow flowers within. As it drinks the nectar, the plant’s pollen sticks to the lemur’s fur, and will be carried with the lemur when it goes to feed at the next tree. As a result, the black-and-white ruffed lemur acts as pollinator for the traveller’s tree, and is in fact thought to be the largest pollinator in the world. It is listed as critically endangered.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/5000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 220.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300S

Uploaded on May 04, 2014
Entered into contest on 2014-08-16 16:06:05 Editor's Pick

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