Lesser iron-gray dwarf lemur

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Lesser iron-gray dwarf lemur
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Cheirogaleus
C. minusculus
Binomial name
Cheirogaleus minusculus
Groves, 2000[3]
Cheirogaleus minusculus range map.svg
Lesser iron-gray dwarf lemur range[1]

The lesser iron-gray dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus minusculus), or large iron-gray dwarf lemur, is a small nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar. It is nocturnal and an arboreal quadruped, and is not very agile. It produces three types of vocalisation: a squeak, which is high in pitch and is produced with the mouth closed, and is used between infants and their mothers; a whistle, which is higher in pitch than the squeak, so it is hard to hear with human ears, and is used as a communicative and possibly territorial call; and a grunt, which is usually given in series and is very powerful, used when an individual is being attacked in its nest.[4]

This species is only known to exist from one museum specimen from Ambositra, north of Fianarantsoa in east-central Madagascar. As of 2010, no studies in the wild have been conducted of the lesser iron-gray dwarf lemur, and it is unknown whether it still survives in this region. There are no reports of it being kept in captivity.[5]


  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Cheirogaleus minusculus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T136800A16111635. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T136800A16111635.en. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ Harcourt, C. (1990). Thornback, J, ed. Lemurs of Madagascar and the Comoros: The IUCN Red Data Book (PDF). World Conservation Union. ISBN 978-2-88032-957-0. OCLC 28425691.
  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. 112. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  4. ^ Flannery, Sean. "Small Iron-gray Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus minusculus)". www.theprimata.com. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  5. ^ "Cheirogaleus minusculus Groves, 2000 | Lemurs of Madagascar". lemursofmadagascar.com. Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2017-03-20.