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Dry season (Dry): May - August. Rainy season (Rainy): mid-November - mid-March. Precipitation: total rainy season. N gives the number of days within the respective season included in the analysis. Tmax: maximum daily temperature; Tmin: minimum daily temperature. Heavy rain is defined as > 50 mm precipitation. Temperature data are not available for the rainy season 1998/1999.

Dry season (Dry): May - August. Rainy season (Rainy): mid-November - mid-March. Precipitation: total rainy season. N gives the number of days within the respective season included in the analysis. Tmax: maximum daily temperature; Tmin: minimum daily temperature. Heavy rain is defined as > 50 mm precipitation. Temperature data are not available for the rainy season 1998/1999.

The fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius) occurs throughout the western dry-deciduous forest and has adapted to this marked seasonality and resource limitation in a particularly intriguing manner. During the unfavorable dry season these lemurs suspend their activities and hibernate for up to 7 months (Petter, 1978; Dausmann et al., 2004, 2005).

In the following section we will give insight into the ecological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of C. medius to the described climatic challenges and resource restrictions, that we have gained during a long-term (1995-2005) field study on this species conducted in the Kirindy forest, western Madagascar. Demographic data were achieved by capture-recapture and individual marking (Fietz, 1999a). Behavioral and nutritional data were recorded during nightly follows of radio-collared individuals (Fietz and Ganzhorn, 1999; Fietz et al., 2000). Physiological measurements were performed with the help of temperature-sensitive collar transmitters (Dausmann et al., 2004, 2005), portable gas analyzers (Dausmann et al., 2000, submitted), and fat biopsies (Fietz et al., 2003).

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