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Dwarf Lemurs and Mouse Lemurs

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Containing group: Strepsirrhini

Other Names for Cheirogaleidae


Purvis, A. 1995. A composite estimate of primate phylogeny. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (Series B), 348:405-421.

Yoder, A. D. 1997. Back to the future: A synthesis of strepsirrhine systematics. Evolutionary Anthropology 6:11-22.

Yoder, A. D., M. Cartmill, M. Ruvolo, K. Smith, and R. Vilgalys. 1996. Ancient single origin for Malagasy primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 93:5122–5126.

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Scientific Name Cheirogaleus major
Reference Elliot, D. G. 1913. A Review of The Primates. American Museum of Natural History. New York.
drawing of a hairy-eared dwarf lemur
Scientific Name Allocebus trichotis
Location Madagascar
Comments hairy-eared dwarf lemur
Reference GŁnther, A. 1875. Notes on some Mammals from Madagascar. Proceedings of the Zoological Society London: 78-80, pl. 15-16.
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