3 new lemur species identified in Madagascar
November 27, 2006
The newly described lemurs are all mouse lemurs, one of the world's smallest primates. These lively lemurs are found in virtually all of Madagascar's forests where they feed on insects, fruit, and plant sap. Nocturnal, mouse lemurs betray their presence with high-pitched chirps.
The researchers who made the discovery say that it took 14 months of difficult fieldwork to find the lemurs, which have been named Microcebus bongolavensis, Microcebus danfossi and Microcebus lokobensis. The lemurs are described in the current online edition of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Gillian Olivieri, a doctoral student at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany, was the lead author.
Lemur species named after British comedian. Researchers from the University of Zurich have named a newly discovered species of lemur after British comedian John Cleese in honor of his work with the primates from Madagascar. According to the university, the lemur's name is a tribute to Cleese's promotion of the plight of lemurs in the movie "Fierce Creatures" and documentary "Operation Lemur with John Cleese."
Two tiny lemur species discovered in Madagascar. German and Malagasy primatologists have discovered two new species of lemurs, naming one of them after Steve Goodman, a Field Museum scientist who has devoted nearly two decades to studying the animals of Madagascar.
3 new lemurs named in Madagascar. To recognize an internationally renowned primatologist and champion of Madagascar's unique biodiversity, scientists who discovered three new species of mouse lemur on the island nation have named one in honor of Russell A. Mittermeier, the president of Conservation International.
Nebraska Zoo Discovers Two Species of Lemurs. Researchers with the Henry Doorly Zoo have discovered two new species of lemurs, one of the most primitive and endangered primates in the world, the zoo announced Wednesday.
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