International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 895–905

Biology of Cheirogaleus major in a Littoral Rain Forest in Southeast Madagascar



Greater dwarf lemurs (Cheirogaleus major) are small nocturnal primates from the rain forests of eastern Madagascar. I investigated a population of Cheirogaleus major in a littoral rain forest of Southeast Madagascar during 2 rainy seasons to supplement the sparse information available for the species. I collected data on morphology, group composition, sleeping behavior, home range, and social organization via mark/recapture, radio telemetry, and focal individual observations. I identified 2 presumed family groups, and my data from radiotracking revealed a monogamous social organization. In each group, I found an adult pair and its presumed offspring sharing home ranges and sleeping sites together. I also observed gregarious behavior of group members during their nocturnal activity. I found no difference in body measurements between sexes, but body mass and tail circumference increased significantly from November to February, indicating a fatting period before hibernating.


Cheirogaleus major gregariousness lemurs littoral rainforest Madagascar monogamous morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation, Biozentrum GrindelUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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