Northern Rufous Mouse Lemur (Microcebus tavaratra)


MORPHOLOGY:
The northern rufous mouse lemur has long, dense pelage that is bicolored to tricolored, raw umber, clay color, and yellow ochre, dorsally and a whitish-biege color ventrally (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). The middorsal stripe varies in color from raw umber to verona brown (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). The crown and ears of this species are a rufous shade and the area between the eyes is grayish-white (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). The orbital area is raw umber and cinnamon and around the anterior portion of the eyes there are black markings (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). The proximal part of the tail is bicolored raw umber and cinnamon, and the distal portion of the tail is cinnamon brown and raw umber (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). The pelage of the hands and feet of the northern rufous mouse lemur is whitish-gray in color (Rasoloarison et al., 2000). This species has vibrissae that are dark in color (Rasoloarison et al., 2000).

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The northern rufous mouse lemur is found in North-western Madagascar in Ankarana Special Reserve (Rasoloarison et al., 2000).

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REFERENCES:
Rasoloarison, R.M., Goodman, S.M., and Ganzhorn, J.U. 2000. Taxonomic revision of mouse lemurs (Microcebus) in the western portions of Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology. Vol. 21(6), 963-1019.

Last Updated: January 22, 2007.
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