In Madagascar, a new species of dwarf lemurs
A new species of dwarf lemurs discovered in Madagascar American scientists.
The species was described in the journal Primate Conservation.
The animal was named Cheirogaleus grovesi — dwarf lemur groves — in honor of Australian primatologist Colin groves. The body length of the animal is 17 cm, tail length is 28 cm. Like other lemurs have big eyes and strong tenacious fingers. These lemurs live in the South-Eastern part of the island and was discovered in two national parks, Ranomafana and Andringitra. They live in tropical forests and feed mainly on fruit.
To open a new kind was possible thanks to DNA analysis. Some species of lemurs are very similar in appearance, therefore, the genome analysis is the most reliable method of species identification. In the study, researchers compared the new DNA samples collected in 2014-2015.
The researchers note that in the near future may be open and the other types. Many species of lemurs are threatened with extinction. Conservation status Cheirogaleus grovesi is still unknown.
In Madagascar, a new species of dwarf lemurs. The animal was named Cheirogaleus grovesi. The body length of the animal is 17 cm, tail length is 28 cm.
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