Portrait of a russet mouse lemur holding on to a branch

Mouse lemurs

Mouse lemurs, like all the other lemurs, are native to Madagascar. These forest dwelling primates are strictly nocturnal and, due to their diminutive size, can be quite easily missed. In fact new species are continually being discovered. Mouse lemurs include the world's smallest primate - Madame Berthe's mouse lemur - which is only 10cm long. Long tails aid mouse lemurs to climb and leap.

Scientific name: Microcebus

Rank: Genus

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Map showing the distribution of the Mouse lemurs taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Mouse lemurs can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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