Microcebus myoxinus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA PRIMATES CHEIROGALEIDAE

Scientific Name: Microcebus myoxinus
Species Authority: Peters, 1852
Common Name/s:
English Peters’ Mouse Lemur, Pygmy Mouse Lemur, Western Rufous Mouse Lemur

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, population size or abundance. However, given the likely threat of habitat loss, the species may warrant listing as threatened in future.
History:
2000 Endangered
1996 Vulnerable (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is reported to have a disjunct distribution range between the northern banks of the Tsiribihina River north to Baie de Baly in western Madagascar and to occur in the forests of Belo sur Tsiribihina and Aboalimena, the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Nature Reserve, and the Tsingy de Namoroka National Park (Mittermeier et al. 2008). Also possibly recorded from Besalampy (which is mangrove habitat). Ranges from sea-level to 900 m.
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: There is no reliable information on the population status of this species. It is probably not as common as M. murinus.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been collected from dry deciduous forest in the Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve and the Andramasy forests north of Belo sur Tsiribihina, as well as along the border of heavily degraded deciduous forest and savanna at Aboalimena (Rasoloarison et al. 2000). They have been recorded in mangroves in two localities, neither of which were near primary deciduous forest (Hawkins et al. 1998; J. Ganzhorn pers. comm.). Its ecology and behavior remain to be studied.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, although habitat loss is presumably a threat. It is currently known mainly from protected areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix I of CITES. This species is reported to occur in two national parks (Tsingy de Bemaraha and Tsingy de Namoroka) and a nature reserve (Tsingy de Bemaraha). There are no specimens reported in captivity at this time (Mittermeier et al. 2008). Research priority is surveying between known points of distribution, and whether the species occurs more widely in mangroves requires further investigation.

Bibliography [top]

Hawkins, A. F. A., Durbin, J. C. and Reid, D. B. 1998. The primates of the Baly Bay area, north-western Madagascar. Folia Primatologica 69: 337-345.

Mittermeier, R., Louis, E., Hawkins, F., Langrand, O., Ganzhorn, J., Konstant, W., Rasoloarison, R., Rajaobelina, S. and Richardson, M. 2008. Lemurs of Madagascar, 3rd edition. Conservation International.

Rasoloarison, R. M., Goodman, S. M. and Ganzhorn, J. U. 2000. Taxonomic revision of mouse lemurs (Microcebus) in the western portions of Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology 21(6): 963-1019.

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 myoxinus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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