Mar 16, 2012

Goodman’s mouse lemur (Microcebus lehilahytsara)

Did you know?

That the Goodman mouse lemur and other species of lemur, such as the Mirza zaza, were discovered recently in 2005 by scientists at the German Primate Center (DPZ) and the University of Göttingen, increasing the total number of species of lemurs to 49?

Goodman’s mouse lemur is a primate species very small, reaching a head-body length of 8 cm, being only slightly larger than a mouse. Body weight varies from 30 to 55 g according to the season, because the animals store fat in their tails during the southern summer, which helps them survive the winter period. The mouse lemur has short ears, rounded, with a white stripe on the nose. Its coat is short and dense deep brown with an orange tinge on the back, head and tail, turning creamy white on the ventral side. It is nocturnal and arboreal, seeking their food in low trees and brush, such as fruits, flowers, buds, insects and frogs. During the day sleeping in holes or abandoned bird nests. In some areas the population density can exceed the 250 individuals per km ².

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