The Genus Cheirogaleus: Unrecognized Biodiversity in Dwarf Lemurs

  title={The Genus Cheirogaleus: Unrecognized Biodiversity in Dwarf Lemurs},
  author={Colin P. Groves},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
  • C. Groves
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Primatology
Two species of dwarf lemurs (Cheirogaleus) of Madagascar are conventionally recognized. To investigate this taxonomy, I studied the samples in the London and other collections. I could distinguish 7 different morphs, differing by size and by features of pelage, ears (hairy or naked), ear size, tail length, skull shape and dentition. As multiple features differentiate each form, they cannot be simply morphs within the two conventional species: they are discrete genetic entities, hence distinct… Expand

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