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Cheirogaleidae is a primate family including five genera and at least 30 species to date (Mittermeier et al., 2008) including the mouse lemurs, the dwarf lemurs, the fork-marked lemurs. Species in this family are all nocturnal and move quadrupedally with elongated bodies and short legs. Some cheirogaleids undergo periods of seasonal torpor (hibernation). This family contains what is likely the world’s smallest primate, the Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur (Microcebus berthae) (Mittermeier et al., 2006). 


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