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Microcebus tavaratra

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA PRIMATES CHEIROGALEIDAE

Scientific Name: Microcebus tavaratra
Species Authority: Rasoloarison, Goodman & Ganzhorn, 2000
Common Name/s:
English Tavaratra Mouse Lemur, Northern Rufous Mouse Lemur

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) 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 Endangered as the species has a distribution range of less than 5,000 km², the range is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the area and quality of habitat within the range of the species.
History:
2003 Not Evaluated (IUCN 2003)
2003 Not Evaluated

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the island of Madagascar where it is known only from the region of the Ankarana and Analamerana Special Reserves (Rasoloarison et al. 2000). The Microcebus in the Andrafiamena Mountains and the Andavakoera Classified Forest are currently assigned to this species, as is the form in Montagne d’Ambre National Park although this requires further investigation. The species could occur in additional fragments in the north, including for example, Montagne d'Frances. Ranges from 20-250 m.
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: Common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits dry deciduous and gallery forest habitats within the Ankarana Special Reserve, which also includes deep canyons sporting limestone pinnacles and cliffs referred to as tsingy. Possibly also present in tropical lowland/montane forest if records of the species in Montagne d'Ambre are this species. Basic aspects of this species’ ecology and behaviour remain to be studied.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to illegal mining for sapphires and illegal logging. Uncontrolled bushfires and cutting for charcoal are additional threats to existing habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. At present, it is reported from two special reserves (Analamerana and Ankarana), but its presence is also probable in the connecting forests of Andrafiamena and Andavakoera to the south, and possible in the Montagne d’Ambre region to the north. No specimens are reported in captivity at this time (ISIS, 2007). Further field surveys and genetic studies of mouse lemur populations are needed within this broader region.
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. Microcebus tavaratra. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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