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strange-loris:

Mouse lemurs are native to Madagascar. These primates are strictly nocturnal and, especially due to their diminutive size, can be quite easily missed. Mouse lemurs include the world’s smallest primate - Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - which is only 10cm long.

strange-loris:

Mouse lemurs are native to Madagascar. These primates are strictly nocturnal and, especially due to their diminutive size, can be quite easily missed. Mouse lemurs include the world’s smallest primate - Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - which is only 10cm long.

How, in the animal world, a daughter avoids mating with her father: Paternal 'voice' recognition

"The study, led by Sharon E Kessler, finds that the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus) – a small-brained, solitary foraging mammal endemic to Madagascar – is able to recognize paternal relatives via vocalizations, thus providing evidence that this is not dependent upon having a large brain and a high social complexity, as previously suggested.

Because grey mouse lemurs are nocturnal solitary-foragers living in dense forests, vocal communication is important for regulating social interactions across distances where visibility is poor and communication via smell is limited. Though the mouse lemur shares sleeping sites with other mouse lemurs, it forages alone for fruit and insects. It is a particularly interesting species with which to study vocal paternal recognition because, in the wild, females remain in the same area of birth and cooperatively raise young with other female kin. Males do not co-nest with their mates or young and provide no paternal care, which limits opportunities for familiarity-based social interactions. Thus, vocalizations are likely to be important – particularly for avoiding inbreeding.” (keep reading)

At Duke Lemur Center, mouse lemur birthing season is now over for the year! This one is a mere two days old. (DLC)

At Duke Lemur Center, mouse lemur birthing season is now over for the year! This one is a mere two days old. (DLC)