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2005-08-09 18:50:00

German and Malagasy primatologists have discovered two new species of lemurs, naming one of them after Steve Goodman, a Field Museum scientist who has devoted nearly two decades to studying the animals of Madagascar.


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Greater Dwarf Lemur, Cheirogaleus major
2012-09-03 07:04:56

The greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), also known as Geoffroy's dwarf lemur, is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species can be found in northern and eastern regions of the island, preferring a habitat within primary and secondary forests, or arid scrub areas. It is a nocturnal species that rests and sleeps in nests made of twigs, leaves, and grasses or in trees with hollow areas. It was thought that a color variation of the greater dwarf lemur, the greater iron-gray dwarf...

Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur, Mirza coquereli
2012-07-31 15:21:12

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,...

Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur, Cheirogaleus medius
2012-07-31 15:13:20

The fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius) is one of the smallest living primates in the world, and is native only to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the western fat-tailed dwarf lemur, the spiny forest dwarf lemur, and the lesser dwarf lemur. During the years of 2000 to 2009, one population of lemurs, known as southern fat-tailed dwarf lemur, was thought to be a separate species. Colin Groves described this species as having many coloration differences from...

Gerp’s Mouse Lemure, Microcebus gerpi
2012-06-04 20:28:58

Gerp’s Mouse Lemur (Microcebus gerpi) can only be found near Mantadia National Park in the Sahafina forest of eastern Madagascar. A German and Malagasy research team publicized its discovery in 2012. The Sahafina forest was not researched until 2008, when Groupe d'Étude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar(GERP), a Malagasy-based research and preservation group from which the lemur’s name derives, preformed a study and “inventory” of all the lemurs in the forest. The...

Brown Mouse Lemur, Microcebus rufus
2012-05-30 16:29:49

The brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) is a small primate, and as with all lemur species, is found solely on the island of Madagascar. Other common names include the eastern rufous mouse lemur, russet mouse lemur, red mouse lemur, and the rufous mouse lemur. It was originally thought to be a subspecies of the grey mouse lemur until it was listed as its own species in 1977. The fur of this lemur is reddish brown on the back, and greyish-white on the underbelly. It is nocturnal, and...

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