Scientists have just discovered a new species of very small lemur living in the tropical forest of Madagascar.
The above lemur, scientifically known as Microcebus gerpi (Gerp mouse lemur), with relatively small ears, a slightly long tail, weighs only 2 to 2.5 ounces (about 60 or 70 grams), dark in color. Omnivorous and battering in the lowlands of the rainforest.
Initially, the team looked to see if this mouse lemur was one of the new lemurs discovered in the Sahafina forest in eastern Madagascar during surveys in 2008 and 2009?
However, genetic analysis shows that it is a whole new species of lemur. According to the researchers, this ancient relative of the mouse lemur family spread across the plains, eventually dividing into several species, including Mr Gerpi and Jolly.
Currently, M.gerpi is at risk of threat from wildlife hunting, logging and habitat contraction.