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Known for the remarkable way it moves, whether making impressive leaps between tree trunks or gracefully bounding across the ground with its arms held high, Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) has an equally eye-catching appearance. This lemur has long, thick, soft hair that is mostly white with a dark brown crown that extends down the back of the neck. It has a dark grey or black face which contrasts with its large, bright, yellow eyes. The fur is thinner on its chest, belly and underarms allowing the grey skin to show through, and male Verreaux's sifakas may also have a faint reddish-brown area on the chest, caused by a gland at the base of the throat. However, whilst this is the typical appearance, there is also much variation, with some individuals having dark brown areas on the back, chest, upper arms, thighs, and tail, and others being almost entirely white. Like other sifakas, its arms are short, and somewhat limited in their movements; however, their hind limbs are large and strong, providing the power for them to leap from tree to tree. The name of the sifaka comes from the sharp, piercing call that this primate makes, which sounds like shi-fahk.




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