In the Sahafina Forest in eastern Madagascar, a joint German-Malagasy research team has discovered a new species of primate they've dubbed Gerp's Mouse Lemur (Microcebus gerpi). Named after Madagascar's Groupe d'√Čtude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar and weighing in at 68 grams, Gerp's trumps the previously discovered Goodman's mouse lemur by a hearty 20 grams.

This nocturnal beast likely dwells in but a small sliver of lowland rainforest, making this species particularly susceptible to deforestation. The researchers published their findings in the journal Primates ‚ÄĒ "First indications of a highland specialist among mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) and evidence for a new mouse lemur species from eastern Madagascar."


Via Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover. Photo credit: B. Randrianambinina.