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Population of newly discovered lemur in Madagascar down to last 50 individuals (photo)

Population of newly discovered lemur in Madagascar down to last 50 individuals (photo)

Population of newly discovered lemur in Madagascar down to last 50 individuals (photo) mongabay.com July 30, 2013 print Researchers have discovered a new — and critically endangered — species of lemur on the island of Madagascar. The primate is formally described in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution . The Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis ) inhabits three isolated forest fragments in the Lavasoa Mountains in southern Madagascar. Like other dwarf lemurs, the species is nocturnal, dwells in the forest canopy, and hibernates during the cool, dry season, living on fat reserves stored in its tail. While the species was first discovered in 2001, genetic analysis has only now revealed it to be distinct from the closely-related Cheirogaleus crossleyi . "Together with Malagasy scientists, we have been studying the diversity of lemurs for several years no...

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