Sibree's dwarf lemur

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Sibree's dwarf lemur
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Cheirogaleus
Species: C. sibreei
Binomial name
Cheirogaleus sibreei
Forsyth Major, 1896[3]
Cheirogaleus sibreei range map.svg
Sibree's dwarf lemur range[1]

Sibree's dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus sibreei) is a small nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar.[3]

The name of this dwarf lemur commemorates the English missionary and naturalist James Sibree (1836–1929).

In 2010, a research team confirmed that they had found the only known living population of Sibree's dwarf lemurs several years before. The species was long believed extinct, following the destruction of its first recorded forest habitat. This was also the first confirmation of Sibree's dwarf lemur as a unique species.[4]

Sibree's dwarf lemur spends the winter by hibernating 10 to 40 cm underground in small burrows. This keeps body temperature steady at around 15 °C and possibly provides protection from predators.[5]


  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Cheirogaleus sibreei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  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. ^ a b 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. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. 
  4. ^ Groeneveld, L. F.; Blanco, M. B.; Raharison, J. L.; Rahalinarivo, V.; Rasoloarison, R. M.; Kappeler, P. M.; Godfrey, L. R.; Irwin, M. T. (2010). "MtDNA and nDNA corroborate existence of sympatric dwarf lemur species at Tsinjoarivo, eastern Madagascar". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55 (3): 833–845. PMID 20211744. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.03.004. Lay summaryScientific American (12 April 2010). 
  5. ^ Blanco, M. B.; Dausmann, K.; Ranaivoarisoa, J. F.; Yoder, A. D. (2013). "Underground Hibernation in a Primate". Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep01768.