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A Natural History of the Brown Mouse Lemur, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Sylvia Atsalis

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 29, 2008

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Part of the Prentice Hall’s Primate Filed Studies series. This text can be used for any undergraduate or graduate course with a primate behavior or primate ecology component. It can also be used as supplemental reading, for any advanced animal behavior class.


There are very few books that address the biology of nocturnal primates. There are even fewer that delve with any detail regarding the behavior of specific species. These animals are difficult to follow. Their diminutive size, the thickness of the vegetation, and their nocturnal habits, make the study of their habits a demanding task.Through a trial of patience, Sylvia Atsalis has undertaken this task. Here she provides an in depth view at the life and behavioral patterns of these tiny primates.


 A Natural History of the Brown Mouse Lemur provides the most complete look at the behavior and ecology of mouse lemurs.

Table of Contents


  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • List of Pictures
  • Prologue and Acknowledgements

Chapter One: Mouse Lemurs, The World’s Smallest Primates

  1. The Cheirogaleidae
  2. Researching the Brown Mouse Lemur
  3. Mouse Lemur Distribution
  4. Distinctive Features of the Cheirogaleidae

Chapter Two:  Researching The Brown Mouse Lemur

  1. Description of the Study Site
  2. Rainfall and Temperature Patterns
  3. Phenological Monitoring
  4. Flowering and Fruiting Patterns
  5. Insect Abundance
  6. Live-Trapping Mouse Lemurs
  7. Observing Mouse Lemurs

Chapter Three:  Diet and Feeding Ecology

  1. The Diet of Mouse Lemurs
  2. Investigating Diet in the Brown Mouse Lemur
  3. Use of Plants and Prey
    • Frugivory
    • Bakerella, the fruit of preference
    • Beetles, the prey of preference
    • Other organic matter found in fecal samples
    • Fruit: availability and consumption
    • Phytochemical analysis of fruits eaten
    • Animal prey: availability and consumption
  4. Observations of Mouse Lemurs Feeding
  5. Mouse Lemurs and Mistletoes
  6. Mouse Lemurs and Beetles
  7. Comparing the Diets of Mouse Lemur Species
  8. What Can Mouse Lemurs Tell Us About Primate Origins
  9. Fecal Sampling as a Way to Study Diet
  10. Suggested Directions for Future Studies
  11. Chapter Summary

Chapter Four:  Seasonal Changes in Body Mass and Activity Levels

  1. How Small Mammals Respond to Climatic and Resource Fluctuations
  2. Seasonl Fluctuations in the Cheirogaleidae
  3. Investigating Seasonal Flucutations in the Brown Mouse Lemur
  4. Fattening and Hibernation
  5. Population Fluctuations in Body Mass, Tail Circumference and Activity Levels
  6. Differences in Seasonal Response
  7. Comparing Seasonal Responses of Mouse Lemur Species
  8. Emerging from Hibernation
  9. Sleeping Nests
  10. The Effects of Trapping
  11. Suggested Directions for Future Studies
  12. Chapter Summary

Chapter Five-The Social Life of the Brown Mouse Lemur

  1. Sociality in Nocturnal Strepsirrhines
  2. Investigating Social Organization in the Brown Mouse Lemur
  3. Social Interactions of the Brown Mouse Lemur
  4. Trap Data and Spatial Distribution
  5. Changes in Population Composition
  6. The Solitary Mouse Lemur
  7. Spatial Distribution of Males and Females
  8. Migration Patterns and Population Continuity
  9. Population Residents
  10. Scramble and Contest Competition
  11. Suggested Directions for Future Studies
  12. Chapter Summary

Chapter Six-Reproduction in Mouse Lemurs

  1. Reproductive Patterns of Mouse Lemurs
  2. Assessing Reproductive Condition in the Brown Mouse Lemur
  3. Estrous Cycles, Gestation, and Births
  4. Reproductive Seasonality
  5. The Advantages of Estrous Synchrony

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