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Pygmy Mouse Lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
Species: M. myoxinus
Binomial name
Microcebus myoxinus
Peters, 1852

Pygmy Mouse Lemur and Peters' Mouse Lemur are common names for the species Microcebus myoxinus, a primate weighing only 43–55 g (1.5–1.9 oz); it is the second smallest of the mouse lemurs.[3] Its dorsal side is a rufous-brown colour, and creamy-white ventrally. It lives in dry deciduous forests.

The Pygmy Mouse Lemur measures around 12–13 cm (4.7–5.1 in) (head-body length).[3] Its small size and nocturnal nature made it difficult to locate for over a century, and was rediscovered in the Kirindy forest in western Madagascar in 1993. They are believed to inhabit other parts of the island, but so far have only been discovered in a localized area.

The lemur rests during the day, and it has a tendency to sleep in the open, which increases the risk of predation; although this danger is somewhat mitigated by sleeping alone. It can also use the abandoned nests of the Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur (Mirza coquereli).

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=12100020.  
  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 myoxinus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b Mittermeier, R.A.; et al. (2006). Lemurs of Madagascar (2nd Edition ed.). Conservation International. p. 104–107. ISBN 1-881173-88-7.  
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