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Berthe's mouse lemur

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Madame Berthe's mouse lemur
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
M. berthae
Binomial name
Microcebus berthae
Rasoloarison et al., 2000[3]
Distribution of M. berthae[1]

Berthe's mouse lemur or Madame Berthe's mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae) is the smallest mouse lemur and the smallest primate in the world. Its average body length is 9.2 cm (3.6 in) and seasonal weight is around 30 g (1.1 oz).[4][5]

This primate was found in 1992 in the dry Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar.[6] After its discovery genetic studies showed it was as a new species, M. berthae.[7]

This lemur is named after the conservationist and primatologist Berthe Rakotosamimanana of Madagascar, who was the Secretary General of the Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherche des Primates (GERP) from its founding until her death in 2005.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Microcebus berthae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T41573A16112746. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T41573A16112746.en.
  2. "Checklist of CITES Species". CITES. UNEP-WCMC. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. Groves, Colin (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. {{{pages}}}. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
  4. Gron KJ. 2009. Primate factsheets: Mouse lemur (Microcebus) Taxonomy, morphology, & ecology.
  5. Rakotondranary, S. J.; Hapke, A.; Ganzhorn, J. R. U. (2011). "Distribution and morphological variation of Microcebus spp. Along an Environmental Gradient in Southeastern Madagascar". International Journal of Primatology. 32 (5): 1037. doi:10.1007/s10764-011-9521-z. S2CID 23268852.
  6. Mittermeier, R.A.; et al. (2006). Lemurs of Madagascar (2nd ed.). Conservation International. pp. 104–107. ISBN 978-1-881173-88-5.
  7. Dammhahn M.; Kappeler P.M (2008). "Small-scale coexistence of two mouse lemur species (Microcebus berthae and M. Murinus) within a homogeneous competitive environment". Oecologia. 157 (3): 473–83. doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1079-x. PMC 2515545. PMID 18574599.
  8. Gould, Lisa; Michelle Sauther (2006). Lemurs: ecology and adaptation. University of Chicago. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-387-34586-4.