Like all lemurs, this species is only found in Madagascar.
Head and body length: 41cm, Tail length: 55cm, Weight: Female 2.5kg, Male: 2.4kg
Male black lemurs are all black, but females have a brown back, with white under-parts, a grey head and long white ear-tufts.
Black lemurs live in North Madagascar.
They inhabit primary and secondary forest, as well as timber and coffee plantations.
Black lemurs feed on fruit, leaves, seeds, flowers, nectar, mushrooms and invertebrates.
Black lemurs are cathemeral (have irregular bursts of activity throughout the 24 hr period) but are more active at night than during the day, when the flowers of night-blooming trees provide nectar. They live in multimale-multifemale groups with about 7-10 members, but groups may join with other groups to forage. Black lemurs have a territory size of 13.5-100 acres depending on the forest type.
During September to November, the females give birth to one to two infants. She carries the infants for six months.
Black lemurs are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. The subspecies L.m. flavifrons is possibly already extinct.