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Goodman's Mouse Lemur Video Stock Footage

Mouse lemurs are among the smallest primates, and Goodman’s mouse lemur is no exception. Although not the smallest overall, Goodman’s mouse lemur has a head-body length comparable to M. berthae which is the smallest known primate. The average size ranges from 45-48 grams, with males being slightly larger than females. Goodman’s mouse lemur is mainly maroon with a white underbelly and orange tint on their backs. Goodman’s lemurs undergo daily torpor as well as winter torpor. Their tails are able to store fat which is useful in preparing for winter torpor. Although, almost all females experience torpor each winter, not all males go into winter torpor annually. For those males that do enter winter torpor, they exit torpor on average 20 days prior to females. This is likely so males can better prepare for mating which happens almost immediately following the ending of female winter torpor. The males that do not go into winter torpor are often older males that are better able to compete against younger males in procuring a mate although, they often still undergo daily torpor.

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Animalia: Chordata: Primates: Mammalia: Cheirogaleidae: Microcebus lehilahytsara

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