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Random Week: Mongoose Lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
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Number 0411 This week, random.org is picking our mammals, and the random-number generator made me very happy this morning. Instead of the statistically likely rodent, we get a lemur! Hello, mongoose lemur. We can tell that this one is a male because his cheeks and beard are red; females are plain gray and white. The mongoose lemur is a little unusual among lemurs for...

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Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)
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Number 0301 Oh, Madgascar, oh lemurs. Here is another, the magnificent Verreaux’s sifaka, who performs the most powerful of leaps through the air and the most comical of leaps on the ground. Theo drew one, too, and his shows their incredible speed, but all in all, we’ll let Attenborough do the talking for us. Please watch the video below Theo’s drawing. It’s...

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Hibernators Week: Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus medius)
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Number 0222 Well, I originally picked this lemur for Hibernators Week because I was under the impression that it was an estivator (see Sunday’s post if you’re wondering what I’m talking about). My beloved but flawed Ivan T. Sanderson told me that, as did Animal Diversity Web. But from what I can tell, that’s not necessarily correct. These Malagasy lemurs go into torpor between...

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Philippine Flying Lemur (Colugo) (Cynocephalus volans)
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Number 0171 Here’s another order checked off the list. I think this is a goal we’ll reach, mammals! And what a mammal this one is. Have you ever heard of flying lemurs, also called colugos? There are two species, one that lives in the Philippines and one that lives in Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and the like. Both species have this amazing membrane...

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Newly Described Mammals Week: John Cleese’s Woolly Lemur (Avahi cleesei)
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Number 0129 On Oscars night, here’s a special lemur named for an Oscar nominee! Discovered by scientists (although, actually, one of the scientists gives credit to their local guide) in 1990, this little woolly lemur was named in honor of actor/writer/director/man’s man/ladies’ man/man-about-town John Cleese 15 years later. Lemurs, which are primates, are unique to Madagascar (maybe not quite unique—apparently there’s another island to...

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Nocturnal Week: Pygmy Mouse Lemur (Microcebus myoxinus)
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Number 0043 This pygmy mouse lemur inaugurates The Daily Mammal’s first-ever theme week! To celebrate my recent revelation that I’m actually not nocturnal, but rather a morning person who has difficulty waking up, I am pleased to introduce Nocturnal Week! The nocturnal pygmy mouse lemur is the world’s smallest primate. Andy requested this fellow. You will often see photographs of the little lemur in...

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