Coquerel's giant mouse lemur

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Coquerel's giant mouse lemur
Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur (Mirza coquereli) (9582508268).jpg
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Mirza
M. coquereli
Binomial name
Mirza coquereli
Mirza coquereli range map.svg
Coquerel's giant mouse lemur range[1]

Coquerel's giant mouse lemur (Mirza coquereli), also known as Coquerel's dwarf lemur or the southern giant mouse lemur, is a small nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar. This species was named after the French entomologist Charles Coquerel; this lemur can be found in parts of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests.

This lemur is active throughout the year; unlike mouse lemurs (Microcebus), it does not hibernate, it feeds on the larvae of hemiptera (the true bugs) to sustain itself. It is an arboreal species, and feeds on fruit, flowers, and small animals such as insects and spiders. Coquerel's giant mouse lemur is heavily preyed upon by owls.

This species was the only member of the genus Mirza until 2005, when a second species, the northern giant mouse lemur (M. zaza) was described.


  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Mirza coquereli". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T13584A16113952. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T13584A16113952.en. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Checklist of CITES Species". CITES. UNEP-WCMC. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 113. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.

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