Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur

Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur or Berthe’s mouse lemur is the smallest of the mouse lemurs and the smallest primate in the world; the average body length is 9.2 cm and seasonal weight is around 30 g. Microcebus berthae is one of many species of Malagasy lemurs that came about through extensive speciation, caused by unknown environmental mechanisms and conditions. This primate is found chiefly in the Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar.[6] After its discovery in 1992 in the dry deciduous forest of western Madagascar, it was initially thought to represent a rediscovery of M. myoxinus, but comparative morphometric and genetic studies revealed its status as a new species, M. berthae.

This lemur is named after the conservationist and primatologist Berthe Rakotosamimanana of Madagascar, who was the Secretary General of the Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherche des Primates (GERP) from its founding until her death in 2005.

Just to state, the video below is about the Madame Berthe mouse lemur, though the person who posted it, wrongly labelled it as the Jonah mouse lemur, and is part of a BBC documentary on Madagascar narrated by David Attenborough.  Should we develop any contacts that might facilitate tourism around this species (something important as it brings money into the area, and therefore gives a financial incentive to protect it – these will be placed at the bottom of the page.

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