Very little is known about the Marohita mouse lemur as it was only formally described to science in 2013.
They are found only in the Marohita forest in eastern Madagascar. The forest, for which it is named, means ‘many views’ in the Malagasy language. They are threatened by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable. 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.
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cheirogaleidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 13-14 cm
- Weight: 89g
They are only known from Forêt de Marohita, in an area estimated to be less than 40km².
Habitat and Ecology
Very little is known of the ecology of this species, except that they inhabit the eastern rainforest.