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Golden-brown Mouse Lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
Species: M. ravelobensis
Binomial name
Microcebus ravelobensis
(Zimmerman et al., 1998)

The Golden-brown Mouse Lemur (Microcebus ravelobensis), also known as the Golden Mouse-lemur or the Ravelobe Mouse Lemur, is a small, recently discovered primate, and like all lemurs and mouse lemurs can only be found on the island of Madagascar. Its dorsal side is golden-brown, and yellowish-white ventrally. It has a white stripe running from the lower forehead to the muzzle.

It was first discovered in 1994, in the northwestern deciduous forests of Madagascar. It shares the habitat with the Gray Mouse Lemur, a sympatric species. It weighs 40-70g depending on the season, and is similar in appearance to the Gray Mouse Lemur, though it has a longer, thinner tail. It is unable to store fat in its tail like other mouse lemurs.

It travels through the forest by leaping, unlike the Gray Mouse Lemur. It is a nocturnal species, and builds its nests in dense patches of vines or dead leaves.

References

  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 113. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=12100021.  
  2. ^ Andrainarivo, C., Andriaholinirina, V. N., Feistner, A., Felix, T., Ganzhorn, J., Garbutt, N., Golden, C., Konstant, B., Louis Jr., E., Meyers, D., Mittermeier, R. A., Perieras, A., Princee, F., Rabarivola, J. C., Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ratsimbazafy, J., Raveloarinoro, G., Razafimanantsoa, A., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C., Thalmann, U., Wilmé, L. & Wright, P. (2008). Microcebus ravelobensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 January 2009.
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