Coquerel's giant mouse lemur

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Coquerel's giant mouse lemur
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Mirza
Species: M. coquereli
Binomial name
Mirza coquereli
A. Grandidier, 1867[3]
Mirza coquereli range map.svg
Coquerel's giant mouse lemur range[1]

Coquerel's giant mouse lemur (Mirza coquereli), also known as Coquerel's dwarf lemur or the southern giant mouse lemur, is a small nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar. This species was named after the French entomologist Charles Coquerel. This lemur can be found in parts of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests.

This lemur is active throughout the year; unlike mouse lemurs (Microcebus), it does not hibernate, and instead it feeds on homopteran larvae to sustain itself. It is an arboreal species, and feeds on fruit, flowers, and small animals such as insects and spiders. Coquerel's giant mouse lemur is heavily preyed upon by owls.

This species was the only member of the genus Mirza until 2005, when a second species, the northern giant mouse lemur (M. zaza) was described.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Mirza coquereli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Checklist of CITES Species". CITES. UNEP-WCMC. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 113. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. 

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