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There’s a new member of the lemur family

11 / 01 / 2018, Mongabaycom News

Scientists have found a new species of dwarf lemur in southeastern Madagascar. Grove’s Dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus grovesi) was discovered in two national parks, Ranomafana and Andringitra, both of which are part of the Rainforests of Atsinanana UNESCO World Heritage Site. A team led by scientists at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska described the species in a paper published this week in the journal Primate Conservation. An analysis of DNA samples taken from a number of animals was used to confirm that Grove’s Dwarf lemur is in fact a new, distinct species. The new lemur is a nocturnal primate that is smaller than a squirrel. The fur on its back, limbs, and head are a reddish-brown in color, and there are brownish-black rings around its large eyes. Cheirogaleus grovesi. Photo Credit: Dr. Edward Louis Jr. Groves’ Dwarf lemur is the twenty-fourth lemur to be discovered by the Conservation Genetics Department headed by Dr. Edward Louis Jr. at the Henry Doorly Zoo. Scientists at Suny Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York and two NGOs — Austin, TX-based NGO Global Wildlife Conservation and the Madagascar-based Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership — also helped make the discovery. According to Russell Mittermeier, the Chief Conservation Officer at Global Wildlife Conservation and a study co-author, there are more such discoveries on the way. “This new species is one of several new dwarf lemurs in the genus Cheirogaleus that have been or are in the process of being described,” he told Mongabay. “It is indicative…

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