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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Cheiogaleidae
Genus:Microcebus
Genus species:Microcebus murinus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:12-14 cm
Weight:50-90 g
Identification:The grey mouse lemur is gray in color with a paler underside. It also has long fleshy ears.
Habitat:Secondary forests, roadside brush, gardens
Diet:Omnivore: insects, fruit, flowers, leaves
Reproduction:Grey mouse lemurs reach sexual maturity in one year and breed in mid-September. The gestation period is 59-62 days long. After giving birth to twins (occasionally four), the mother carries them in her mouth. The young are independent by the time they are two months old. Grey mouse lemurs live for 10-15 years.
While most of the foraging is done alone, grey mouse lemurs sleep in groups of 15 animals. Females are dominant over the males.
Behavior:Grey mouse lemurs are nocturnal and arboreal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The non-prehensile tail is used for balance. They scent-mark their ranges by rubbing their faces on twigs and by urinating on their hands and feet.

Other Information

Geographic:Western Madagascar Date:1958-1988 Subjects:primate
Grey mouse lemur
Lesser mouse lemur
monkey
Microcebus murinus
Microcebus
Cheirogaleidae
Lemurs
Primates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata