Originally Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur was the only member of its genus Mirza, until the northern giant mouse lemur was described in 2005.
Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur is solitary, feeding on fruit, flowers, homopertan larvae and small animals. Their diets of the sugary secretions of homopteran larvae allow it to sustain itself through the dry season when its typical diet is scarce. Lemurs belong to the suborder Strepsirhini, which also includes bushbabies, pottos and lorises. These groups are the most basal living primates and are characterised by their ‘wet’ noses. Ancestral prosimians, possibly resembling today’s mouse lemurs, are thought to have colonised Madagascar from mainland Africa 50-60 million years ago. In the absence of competition from other non-primate mammals, these species diversified to fill a wide range of unusual ecological niches. Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur is threatened by habitat loss due to slash-and-burn agriculture and charcoal production. They are also hunted for food in some parts of its western Madagascar range.
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cheirogaleidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 20-25cm
- Weight: 290-320g
Coquerel’s giant mouse lemurs are found in the lowland dry forests of western Madagascar.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabit dry deciduous forest, near rivers and ponds in dense forest. They can survive in secondary forest, including gallery forests and coffee plantations. They are solitary, foraging alone for homopteran larvae, fruit, flowers and small animals.