Sunda Flying Lemur

Symbiotic Relationships & Competition For Food

By: Rebecca Bradley

Symbiotic Relationships

The Sunda flying lemur lives in the tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia. The lemur can glide up to 91 meters with losing minimal elevation. A tropical rainforest being so lush, seems to be the perfect habitat for any parasite looking for a host. The Sunda flying lemur is known to not be in any direct harm from a parasite.

While the lemur may not be in any direct harm, it may catch a negative effect from parasites indirectly. Looking at studies done by Western Michigan University, an example of this called the Rafflesia flower. This is the largest flower known to man but may not be the giant tulip you were hoping for. This flower finds a host and lives off of the host's’ resources. When ready, the flower blooms into an almost three foot in diameter.
The Rafflesia fills anywhere near with the stench of rotting flesh. Pretty gross. The Rafflesia’s main host is the Tetrastigma. The Tetrastigma is in the grape vine family and a source of food for the Sunda lemur. If the Tetrastigma species dies in the Southeast Asia region, that is one less food source for the lemur. Another negative that would come from this is any other animal that ate grapes from the Tetrastigma would have to find a different food source, possibly becoming competition for the Sunda Flying Lemur. Therefore, although it may not be direct, parasites could indirectly pose a non-severe threat for the lemur.


Compitition For Food

The Sunda flying lemur has many different foods it eats. One of the main food source is figs. Many animals in the tropic rainforest region eat figs because there is an abundance for them such as the Palp Civet and monkeys. Because there is so many, the competition level is pretty low, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fights between animals on who gets the best fig. A study done by Katrina Beatson Sunda lemurs are very territorial when it comes to sleeping and food supply. They live alone or in small loosely connected groups. The lemur will mainly not share its food with anyone unless necessary within their group. The competition for food is not specific to any species if not in the small group of lemurs.


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