free hit counter


Microcebus berthae
Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur

Body size

9 cm

Body mass

33 g


nocturnal, omnivorous, solitary forager, mixed sleeping groups




endemic to central Menabe


endangered (IUCN)


smallest living primate


Schwensow N, Dausmann K, Eberle M, Fietz J, Sommer S (2010) Functional associations of similar MHC alleles and shared parasite species in two sympatric lemurs. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 10:662-668
Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2010) Scramble or contest competition over food in solitary foraging mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.): new insights from stable isotope analyses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141:181-189
Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2008) Small-scale coexistence of two mouse lemur species (Microcebus berthae and M. murinus) within a homogeneous competitive environment. Oecologia 157: 473-483.
Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2008) Comparative feeding ecology of sympatric mouse lemurs (Microcebus berthae, M. murinus). International Journal of Primatology 29: 1567-1589.
Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2005) Social system of Microcebus berthae, the world’s smallest primate. International Journal of Primatology 26: 407-436.
Schwab D, Ganzhorn JU (2004) The distribution and population structure of Microcebus berthae, the smallest known primate and its habitat use in relation to other sympatric cheirogaleids. International Journal of Primatology 25: 307-330.
Rasoloarison RM, Goodman SM, Ganzhorn JU (2000) Taxonomic revision of mouse lemurs (Microcebus) in the Western portions of Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology 21: 963-1019.
Atsalis S, Schmid J, Kappeler PM (1996) Metrical comparisons of three species of mouse lemurs. Journal of Human Evolution 31: 61-68.