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Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat


Northwestern Madagascar (from Andriaholinirina et al. 2014 unless otherwise noted)

  • North and east of the Betsiboka River
    • Northern and eastern-most population near Bealanana
    • Southern-most occurrence near Ambato-Beoeni

Populations fragmented

  • Isolated pockets of dry forest
    • Separated by wide-open landscapes (Kun-Rodrigues et al. 2004)


Forest inhabitant (from Mittermeier et al. 2010 unless otherwise noted)

  • Tropical-dry, lowland forests
    • Mixed-deciduous trees
    • Brush-and-scrub and secondary formations immediately adjacent to primary forest
  • Coastal mangroves in the Bay of Mahajamba (Mittermeier et al. 2013)

Elevation range

  • 0-300 m (0-984 ft) (Andriaholinirina et al. 2014)

Climatic records, northwestern Madagascar (from Richard 1974 unless otherwise noted)

  • Annual rainfall
    • 150-300 cm (59-118 in) (Petter 1962)
    • Distinct annual wet and dry seasons across the distribution (Petter 1962; Richard 1974)
      • < 1% of annual rainfall may occur in the dry season (July-September) (Richard 1978)
  • Temperature range
    • Mean maximum temperature: c. 38.5oC
    • Mean minimum temperature: c. 14oC

Distribution Map

map of sifaka distribution

Coquerel's sifaka distribution. Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Andriaholinirina et al. 2014
Kun-Rodrigues et al. 2004
Mittermeier et al. 2010
Mittermeier et al. 2013
Petter 1962
Richard 1974
Richard 1978

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