Order : Primates
Family : Cheirogaleidae
Subfamily : Cheirogaleinae
Genus : Microcebus
Animals in the genus Microcebus
|Gray mouse lemur
|Brown mouse lemur
Facts about the genus Microcebus, the mouse lemurs
Field sampling for small mammals such as mice or mouse lemurs is done with life traps (Hengstler-traps, Sherman-traps) using a grid of between 50 to 150 traps spaced about 25 meters apart.
The activities of gray mouse lemurs are seasonably variable.
All dwarf and mouse lemurs are vulnerable to habitat destruction caused by man and general global warming.
From the twilight, the microcebus is visible on the trees whose fruits are mature, not far from the primary forest and in the vicinity of the Masoandro Lodge hotel.
In the United States, the largest collection of Microcebus is probably the Duke University Primate Center, which currently has 16 individuals.
Microcebus rufus at RNP The easiest way to see mouse lemurs is to go to the banana feeding station
Mouse lemurs are found throughout the dry deciduous forests and spiny deserts of south and west Madagascar.
Mouse lemurs are nocturnal and fairly common, you will be unlikely to see them during the day, but a night walk has a good chance of finding one or two, and you will hardly avoid seeing their eyes if you look for eyeshine.
Mouse lemurs are the most common primates on Madagascar, with as many as 400 individuals living in one square kilometer.
Topics of Special Interest: The dwarf and mouse lemurs are similar creatures, however there are a few differences which we have tried to indicate in the data sheet.
We conclude that prey detection in these captive mouse lemurs is multi-sensorial with visual cues being of prevailing importance.
12 years Lifespan in Brown Mouse Lemurs is 6 to 8 years in the wild, but when they are in captivity they can reach 10 to 15 years with an average of 12 years in males (Nowak 1999). (Full text)
Mouse lemurs are among the smallest primates. (Full text)
The relatively lower scapular contribution in both Tupaia and Microcebus is due to an overall increase in step length, caused in the first instance by a stronger protraction of the humerus and additionally by an extensive retraction of the forearm in Tupaia. (Full text)
Generally, the dwarf and mouse lemurs are about the same size as squirrels, with a tail about as long as the body. (Full text)
00 Order This / View Your Cart The mouse lemurs are from Madagascar and are the smallest primates in the world. (Full text)
The mating system of the small-sized, strictly nocturnal grey mouse lemurs is still poorly understood, due to observational difficulties under natural conditions. (Full text)
The European studbook for the Cheirogaleids (dwarf lemurs and mouse lemurs) is also kept by zoo staff. (Full text)