The gray mouse lemur is found on the Western and Southern coasts of Madagascar. The Western coastal forest is described as being deciduous with a relatively high rainfall and marked seasonality, and the Southern coastal forest is a semi-arid forest with low annual rainfall and a marked seasonality (Martin, 1972). This species prefers to live in primary forests probably because of better food availability over secondary forests and more cover to protect from predators (Ganzhorn and Schmid, 1998). Also secondary forests have poorer areas for hibernation, i.e. tree hollows (Ganzhorn and Schmid, 1998). Harcourt and Thornback (1990) contradict this by saying this species prefers secondary forest over primary forest.
This species is found in the following Reserves in Madagascar (Nicoll and Langrand, 1989; cited in Harcourt and Thornback, 1990):
- Andohahela Nature Reserve
- Ankarafantsika Nature Reserve
- Namoroka Nature Reserve
- Bemaraha Nature Reserve
- Tsimanampetsotsa Nature Reserve
- Andranomena Special Reserve
- Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve
- Berenty Private Reserve
- Analabe Private Reserve
[Gray Mouse Lemur]
Last Updated: January 25, 2007.
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