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Grey mouse lemur

Microcebus murinus

 

Mouse lemurs are found on the island of Madagascar and are the world’s smallest primate. They are nocturnal and all foraging, hunting of insects and social activities take place at night. Mouse lemurs move by leaping from tree to tree but are known to come to ground to catch insects.

Females are dominant in all situations and males and females sleep in separate groups only coming together for the breeding season. Mouse lemurs have special teeth formation (dentition) specifically for grooming, which is a very important social activity.

 

 

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Habitat & threats

Mouse lemurs are one of the lesser threatened lemur species. It is suggested that because they are so small and have such a varied diet, they find it easier to thrive. A number are lost to the illegal pet trade every year and they face the same threat of habitat loss as all native Madagascan species.