Pygmy mouse lemur

One of the world’s smallest primates, the head and body length is less than 6.5cm (2.5 in), and it weighs only about 30g (1.06 oz)

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The pygmy mouse lemur, also known as dormouse lemur or Peters’ mouse lemur, was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in the Kirindy forest of western Madagascar in 1993. They have a rufous-brown coat on their dorsal side and creamy-white on the underside. They also have large ears and eyes compared to their body size.

They can be found in dry deciduous forests and rarely leave the tree. They are primarily frugivores and supplement their diet with gums, flowers, and insects. They avoid eating leaves because many plants in dry climates produce toxins to defend themselves from leaf-eating animals. These toxins could be lethal due to their small size.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Madagascar
VU
2012

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No