Sambirano mouse lemur

The Sambirano mouse lemur (Microcebus sambiranensis) is a small, recently discovered primate and like the other mouse lemurs can only be found on the island of Madagascar. The dorsal side is both cinnamon and rufous-cinnamon and is grey ventrally. It has vibrissae that are dark in color.

Sambirano mouse lemur
CITES Appendix I (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Cheirogaleidae
Genus: Microcebus
M. sambiranensis
Binomial name
Microcebus sambiranensis
Rasoloarison et al., 2000[3]
Microcebus sambiranensis range map.svg
Distribution of M. sambiranensis[1]

The species was discovered in northwestern Madagascar, in the Ankarana Special Reserve, where vegetation remains dense, after a survey was completed of the area. It was named as a separate species at the same time as the Madame Berthe's mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae) and northern rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus tavaratra).

Foliage tree sleeping sites prevent predatorial species interaction with Sambirano Mouse Lemurs.

Sambirano mouse lemurs are endemic to Madagascar and are currently prone to extinction. Long term reforestation in northwestern Madagascar may facilitate the conservation of this species.[4]


  1. ^ a b Andriaholinirina, N.; et al. (2014). "Microcebus sambiranensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T41572A16113693. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T41572A16113693.en.
  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.
  4. ^ Hending, Dan; McCabe, Grainne; Holderied, Marc (2017). "Sleeping and Ranging Behavior of the Sambirano Mouse Lemur, Microcebus sambiranensis". International Journal of Primatology. 38 (6): 1072–1089. doi:10.1007/s10764-017-9997-2. PMC 5730628. PMID 29263564.