Mouse Lemurs are among the smallest primates. Head and body
length is 125-150 mm, tail length about the same, and weight
ranges from 39-98 grams. They have soft fur, short snout,
rounded skull prominent eyes and ears, long hind limbs and
a long tail. Upper parts are usually grayish with a dark
dorsal strip and distinct white median nasal stripe. Underparts
They are arboreal, preferring secondary forests. They are
nocturnal, traveling through the branches on all fours.
They use their tails for balance when leaping. Nests are
made in hollow trees or are spherical leaf forms in foliage.
are omnivorous, eating insects, spiders, flowers, nectar,
fruit, some gums, small frogs and lizards, insect secretions,
are not true hibernators, but experience short periods of
torpor during winter month. Breeding is confined to August
through March with an estrous cycle of about 45-55 days.
Gestation averages 60 days with average litters of 2-3 young.
Young are weaned at about 25 days. Sexual maturity in females
occurs at 10-29 months, males at 7-29 months.
is in W Madagascar, apparently from the far southwest to
the Sambirano region.