A new mouse lemur: Goodman’s mouse lemur, Microcebus lehilahytsara

Since mouse lemurs made our blog a couple times last year, and that one of our readers recently commented on how she was doing a report on them, I figured you may want to see photo of a newly described species of mouse lemur: Goodman’s mouse lemur, Microcebus lehilahytsaraGoodman’s mouse lemur, Microcebus lehilahytsara.

Check out a photo of one of these critters to the right.

I do not have an official press release or scientific publication. Actually, I’ve picked this up from a fellow blogger,

“The German primatologists chose this name to honor Steve Goodman, scientist with The Field Museum in Chicago and WWF in Madagascar. “Goodman’s field research in all remote parts of Madagascar has contributed enormously to our knowledge about the diversity of Madagascar’s unique and threatened fauna and flora,” Kappeler says.

“It is truly an honor to have such an animal named after me,” Goodman says, “but this is really a joint tribute to all of the scientists and students who have taken part in our multidisciplinary surveys over the past 16 years.”

It has a long bushy tail, relatively small ears and large testes, which are suggestive of a promiscuous mating system.”

I don’t get the comment on the feature correlation and the mating system. But it’s a cool announcement, none-the-less.

8 thoughts on “A new mouse lemur: Goodman’s mouse lemur, Microcebus lehilahytsara

  1. im doing a prodject at school on the goodmans mouse lemur . i need to now there diet,habbitat description nand anthing else.

    thax and if you can send thatto me that would be grate

  2. hi… i LOVE lemurs! They are so adorable. I think it is great that they found this adorable species… I am now using lemurs for my animal project also in school so i am happy that i can mention that they are still finding adorable new species of them… thanks for being so dedicated and finding them in madagascar lemuroligists! <just kidding!

  3. aww so cute lmao but im doing a report one these little guys if you can send me thier diet and decription and anything else would be greast thanks

  4. Clarifying the correlation between large testes and a promiscuous mating system: large testes are usually evidential of a high sperm production, which in turn usually means that males mate more often than strictly necessary for reproduction. In most species this indicates that there is “sperm competition” over fertile females. In species where males can monopolize mating access to females (e.g. gorillas), the males’ testes are small, in species where monopolization is impossible (e.g. chimps) testes are big, and males try to ensure fathering offspring by mating often.

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