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Body Temperatures and Behavior of Captive Cheirogaleids

  • Robert Jay Russell


The behavior of dwarf and mouse lemurs is of particular interest to primatologists since some species are thought to resemble the earliest prosimians in terms of their small body size and bush habitat (Charles-Dominque and Martin, 1970; Cartmill, 1972). Species of both dwarf and mouse lemurs are said to exhibit lethargy (von Weidholz, 1932; Petter, 1962), but no study of the thermoregulatory physiology of these prosimians has been reported. I report here the preliminary results of a laboratory study conducted in an effort to determine possible daily or annual patterns of change in the body temperatures or behavior of the lesser mouse lemur, Microcebus murinus, and the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus medius.


Annual Pattern Mouse Lemur High Ambient Temperature Daily Pattern Microcebus Murinus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Jay Russell
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  1. 1.Department of AnatomyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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