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Coquerel’s Giant Mouse Lemur, Mirza coquereli

Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur (Mirza coquereli) is native to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the southern giant mouse lemur and Coquerel’s dwarf lemur. It prefers a habitat within arid, deciduous forests within its range. It derives its common name from Charles Coquerel, a French entomologist. Until 2005, when the northern giant mouse lemur was placed in the Mirza genus, Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur was the only member in its genus.

Unlike most mouse lemurs, Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur does not hibernate and is active year round. Its diet consists of small insects, flowers, and fruits. It is an arboreal and nocturnal species, spending its time in the trees. The most common predator if this species are owls. Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened”.

Image Caption: Microcebus coquereli = Mirza coquereli (Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur). Credit: Steendrukkerij v. P.W.M. Trap, in François P.L. Pollen & D.C. van Dam/Wikipedia

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