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Authors: Edward E. Louis, Melissa S. Coles, Rambinintsoa Andriantompohavana, Julie A. Sommer, and Shannon E. Engberg.
Additional Contributors: John R. Zaonarivelo, Mireya I. Mayor, and Rick A. Brenneman.
Print ISSN: 0164-0291
Online ISSN: 1573-8604
Language: English
No. of Pages: 43
Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm x 3mm
DOI: 10.1007/s10764-006-9036-1

Item Identification Code (UID#): 437
Shelving Location: Papers & Articles: Natural History: Mammalogy
Purchase Date: 21 June 2006
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Revision of the Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus) of Eastern Madagascar

International Journal of Primatology, Volume 27, Number 2: pp. 347-389.
Springer Netherlands (2006).
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Paper revising the classification of Madagascar's east-coast mouse lemurs of the Microcebus genus. Three new species are proposed: M. mittermeieri, M. jollyae, and M. simmonsi.


Phylogenetic analysis of ca. 4500 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA sequence data reveals further genetic diversity in mouse lemurs (Microcebus) on the eastern and western coasts of Madagascar. Molecular data and phylogenetic analyses revise the previously monotypic species of eastern Madagascar, Microcebus rufus, with the description of 3 new species. Three additional Microcebus species are proposed in eastern Madagascar, along with another Microcebus species in western Madagascar. Correlating the molecular data with previously generated sequence data, we present a tentative pattern of distribution along the east coast. We show that the general distribution of Microcebus is based on a traditional eastern/western division. The preliminary model appears strongly influenced by both rivers and altitudinal differences acting independently as barriers.


Control region; Madagascar; Microcebus; mouse lemur; prosimian; systematics.


  • Article received by journal: 21 March 2003
  • Article revised: 30 December 2004
  • Article accepted by journal: 15 March 2005
  • Published in print: April 2006
  • Published online: 31 May 2006

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