Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Microcebus Geoffroy, 1834

Prosimian genus to which the mouse lemurs belong; three to four species depending on authority. Found in lowland regions of Madagascar. Arboreal; nocturnal; quadrupeds that employ some leaping. Very small, three of the species weighing between 60 and 70 g. Dental formula: 3.1.3.3; dental comb present; diet faunivory and frugivory. Grooming claw on second digit of hind paw. Noyau; build nests and often sleep together in dormitories; females have home ranges that are overlapped by the male home ranges; territories scent marked with urine and feces. Normal litter size is two. M. coquereli is separated into the genus Mirza by many workers.

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