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Mouse lemurs[1]
Microcebus myoxinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Infraorder: Lemuriformes
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
É. Geoffroy, 1834

18; see article for list[2][3]

The mouse lemurs are nocturnal lemurs of the genus Microcebus. Like all lemurs, Mouse Lemurs are native to Madagascar.[1]

Mouse lemurs have a combined head, body and tail length of less than 27 cm making them the smallest primates [4], however, their weight fluctuates in response to daylight duration[5].

Mouse lemur's are omnivorous, their diets are diverse and include insect secretions, arthropods, small vertebrates, gum, fruit, flowers, nectar, and also leaves and buds depending on the season.



Cultural references

  • In the 2009 television series Last Chance to See, Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur was introduced to Stephen Fry as the smallest known primate. In the Madagascar series, a character named Mort, voiced by Andy Richter is a mouse lemur.



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  2. ^ a b c 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.  
  3. ^ a b c d Louis Jr., E.; Engberg, S.; McGuire, S.; McCormick, M.; Randriamampionona, R.; Ranaivoarisoa, J.; Bailey, C.; Mittermeier, R. & Lei, R. (2008). "Revision of the Mouse Lemurs, Microcebus(Primates, Lemuriformes), of Northern and Northwestern Madagascar with Descriptions of Two New Species at Montagne d’Ambre National Park and Antafondro Classified Forest". Primate Conservation 23: 19–38.  
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  5. ^ Andrès M, Gachot-Neveu H, Perret M. 2001. Genetic determination of paternity in captive grey mouse lemurs: pre-copulatory sexual competition rather than sperm competition in a nocturnal prosimian? Behaviour 138(8):1047-63.
  6. ^ "New Primate Species Discovered on Madagascar".  
  7. ^ a b c "Nature News: Lemur boom on Madagascar". Nature. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2007-12-10.  

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