The gray mouse lemur moves quadrupedally through the forest (Fleagle, 1988).
Martin (1972) described the gray mouse lemur as using the following forms of locomotory patterns:
- 1. Quadrupedal movement, either slow or fast, along horizontal, inclined, or vertical supports
- 2. A skipping locomotion, which is rapid, along horizontal supports
- 3. Leaps which occur over distances up to 3 meters, and where the individual lands on all fours
- 4. Hopping in a frog-like fashion (i.e. hindlimb thrusts)
The gray mouse lemur has a behavioral pattern used for trapping live insects as described by Martin (1972) "The Mouse Lemur squats in a retracted position on a branch, launches itself rapidly outward with the grasp on the branch firmly maintained by the hind feet, grabs at the prey with the hands, and then rapidly retracts to its former position."
[Gray Mouse Lemur]
Last Updated: January 25, 2007.
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