Malagnira

Unknown Primate of Madagascar.

Etymology: Malagasy (Austronesian) word, Sakalava du Menabe dialect.

Physical description: A lemur smaller t han t he Gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus).

Behavior: Said to have different habits than the mouse lemurs.

Distribution: Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, west ern Madagascar.

Significant sighting: Two informants described this animal in an early 1990s survey.

Possible explanation: The Pygmy mouse lemur (Microcebus myoxinus) is probably the world's smallest living pr imat e and has a t ot al lengt h of less than 8 inches. First named in 1852, it became t axonomically confused with other mouse lemurs until 1994, when its species status was rehabilit at ed by Jut t a Schmid and Pet er Kappeler. Its presence in the Bemaraha is unconfirmed but possible.

Source: Nasolo Rakotoarison, T. Mutschler, and U. Thalmann, "Lemurs in Bemaraha (World Heritage Landscape, Western Madagascar)," Oryx27 (January 1993): 35-40.

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