The Bonotu has a body structure similar to that of a Lemur. It's beige-colored fur covers the Bonotu's entire body, excluding the feet and the face areas. Female Bonotuses are beige colored all around their bodies whereas the males have developed brown and black patterns located on their backs. Although not much is known about these peculiar patterns, it is said that these patterns serve a purpose in mate selection and use against the evasion of predators. Males can grow up to 110 centimeters in length (3.5 ft) and females grow to about 102 centimeters. Bonotuses have two opposable thumbs located on either of their feet, which makes transversing tree tops very simple. Such adaptation stems from a Bonotu's need to live amongst the canopy.

Although they are consider large in the context of their habitats, Bonotus are fragile creatures that avoid conflict if at all possible. They prefer a life of isolation from other species. They are, however, incredibly social with their own kind. Bonotus have been observed in the wild expressing their social behavior . Males will forage for food amongst the tree tops, and the forest floor if necessary. Their primary source of nutrition are various fruits and nuts found on the leaves of the trees they live in. The fruits of their labor are then delivered to their partners and young. Males will then assume responsibility of the young while the females gather to groom each other.

Just as the Lemur is found in Madagascar, so is the Bonotu. An entire Bonotu family will live in one tree for several years until the tree can't produce enough fruits or nuts to sustain the Bonotu family.

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