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Mittermeier's Mouse Lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
Species: M. mittermeieri
Binomial name
Microcebus mittermeieri
Louis et al., 2006

Mittermeier's Mouse Lemur (Microcebus mittermeieri) is a species of mouse lemur known only from Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve in Madagascar.

The species is named in honor of primatologist Russell Mittermeier, who is President of Conservation International.

Mittermeier's Mouse Lemur is the smallest of the east coast mouse lemurs. Its body is light reddish-brown to rust with orange tints and the base of its limbs. The belly is whitish-brown and there is a distinctive white patch on the snout, past the level of the eyes. The tail tip is black.

The finding was announced June 21, 2006 at the Conservation International Global Symposium in Antananarivo, Madagascar, along with the discovery of Jolly's Mouse Lemur Microcebus jollyae and Simmons' Mouse Lemur Microcebus simmonsi as separate species.[3] These new species were also officially announced in a paper in the International Journal of Primatology.[4]

References

  1. ^ Mittermeier, R., Ganzhorn, J., Konstant, W., Glander, K., Tattersall, I., Groves, C., Rylands, A., Hapke, A., Ratsimbazafy, J., Mayor, M., Louis, E., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C. & Rasoloarison, R. (December 2008). "Lemur Diversity in Madagascar". International Journal of Primatology 29 (6): 1607–1656. doi:10.1007/s10764-008-9317-y.  
  2. ^ Hoffmann, M. (2008). Microcebus mittermeieri. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 January 2009.
  3. ^ Three new lemurs take a bow in Madagascar - Reuters News Release
  4. ^ Edward E. Louis, Melissa S. Coles, Rambinintsoa Andriantompohavana, Julie A. Sommer, Shannon E. Engberg, John R. Zaonarivelo, Mireya I. Mayor, Rick A. Brenneman (2006). "Revision of the Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus) of Eastern Madagascar". International Journal of Primatology 27 (2): 347–389. doi:10.1007/s10764-006-9036-1.  
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