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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
Species

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.

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Species

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.

Footnotes

References

  1. ^ a b Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. page(s) unknown. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.  
  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. http://www.primate-sg.org/PDF/PC23.new.microcebus.V3.pdf.  
  4. ^ http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/mouse_lemur/taxon
  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". http://www.pressrelations.de/new/standard/result_main.cfm?aktion=jour_pm&r=331600.  
  7. ^ a b c "Nature News: Lemur boom on Madagascar". Nature. 2006-11-20. http://www.nature.com/news/2006/061120/full/news061120-15.html. Retrieved 2007-12-10.  

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