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Cheirogaleus minusculus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA PRIMATES CHEIROGALEIDAE

Scientific Name: Cheirogaleus minusculus
Species Authority: Groves, 2000
Common Name/s:
English Lesser Iron-grey Dwarf Lemur
Taxonomic Notes: Listed as a distinct species by Groves (2000, 2001) in the C. major group.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Andrainarivo, C., Andriaholinirina, V.N., Feistner, A., Felix, T., Ganzhorn, J., Garbutt, N., Golden, C., Konstant, B., Louis Jr., E., Meyers, D., Mittermeier, R.A., Perieras, A., Princee, F., Rabarivola, J.C., Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ratsimbazafy, J., Raveloarinoro, G., Razafimanantsoa, A., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C., Thalmann, U., Wilmé, L. & Wright, P.
Reviewer/s: Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient as the species is very poorly known, and there is very limited information available on its distribution or population size. However, given that the type locality, and only known range, has been deforested, the species may warrant listing as threatened in future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: At present, this species is known only from the type locality, Ambositra, north of Fianarantsoa in east-central Madagascar. Groves (2000) believes that this is also the species recorded from the Bongolava Massif north-west of the type locality (Thalmann and Rakotoarison 1994); however, photographs from this region show that this is not the case and that it is probable that a further, undescribed species exists on Bongolava (C. Groves pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: This species is currently known only from a single museum specimen.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits the eastern rainforests of Madagascar, but other information on its ecology and behaviour is complicated by taxonomic confusion with allied forms of Cheirogaleus in the eastern rainforests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown. The type locality, Ambositra, from which the species is only known, is a major city and has been deforested.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. At the present time it is not known to occur in any protected areas within what appears to be a restricted range (Mittermeier et al. 2008). Taxonomic work is urgently required to elucidate more clearly the taxonomic and geographic limits of the species.
Citation: Andrainarivo, C., Andriaholinirina, V.N., Feistner, A., Felix, T., Ganzhorn, J., Garbutt, N., Golden, C., Konstant, B., Louis Jr., E., Meyers, D., Mittermeier, R.A., Perieras, A., Princee, F., Rabarivola, J.C., Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ratsimbazafy, J., Raveloarinoro, G., Razafimanantsoa, A., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C., Thalmann, U., Wilmé, L. & Wright, P. 2008. Cheirogaleus minusculus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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