Indri

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Life

Genus:

  • Indris Cuvier, 1800
  • Lichanotus Illiger, 1811
  • Indrium Rafinesque, 1815
  • Lichanotes Temminck, 1827
  • Pithelemur Lesson, 1840

Species:

  • Lemur indri Gmelin, 1788
  • Indri brevicaudatus E. Geoffroy and G. Cuvier, 1796
  • Indri niger Lacépède, 1799
  • Indris ater I. Geoffroy, 1825
  • Lichanotus mitratus Peters, 1871
  • Indris variegatus Gray, 1872

The Indri (Indri indri), also called the Babakoto, is one of the largest living lemurs. It is a diurnal tree-dweller related to the sifakas and, like all lemuroids, it is native to Madagascar.

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Etymology

The name "indri", pronounced /ˈɪndri/, comes from the Malagasy word indry [ˈiɳɖʐʲ], meaning "there" or "there it is." French naturalist Pierre Sonnerat heard a Malagasy point out the animal and took the word to be its name. The Malagasy name for the animal is babakoto [bəbəˈkut]. Babakoto is most commonly translated as "ancestor" or "father", but several translations are possible.[5] "Koto" is a Malagasy word for "little boy",[6] and "baba" is a term for "father", so the word "babakoto" may be translated as "father of a little boy."[7] The father-son dynamic of many of the Babakoto origin myths helps to explain the Malagasy name.

Physical characteristics

Along with the Diademed Sifaka, the Indri is the largest lemur still in existence. It has a head-body length of 64–72 cm (2.10–2.36 ft) and can reach nearly 120 cm (3.9 ft) with legs fully extended. It can weigh between 6 and 9.5 kg (13 and 21 lb),[5] though the average is on the lower end of the range.[8]

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