Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus

The Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus, is a mouse lemur species in the genus Microcebus. Its range is in the damp woodlands of the west, south, and southwest coasts of Madagascar including much of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests.

The Gray mouse Lemur is one of the smallest primates measuring only 4 to 5.5 inches tall with a 4 to 6 inch tail. It weighs between 1.5 and 2.5 ounces. Its dorsal fur is gray with various reddish tones and its ventral fur is white. The life span is about 15 years.

The species is nocturnal. It sleeps low in the trees, males usually alone but females often in small groups. It forages alone, feeding on fruits, flowers, nectar, insects, and small animals. Females can give birth to two to four young after a gestation period of 54 to 69 days.

Image Caption: Gray Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus). Credit: Gabriella Skollar/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)