Socioecology

Mouse lemurs have been traditionally categorized as solitary foragers (Bearder, 1987). This term correctly describes their dispersed nocturnal lifestyle but does not take into account periodic or even regular social contacts with conspecifics within or outside the mating context. Based on the available information (see Table 4), all mouse lemur species studied thus far can be categorized as living in an individualized neighborhood. This term refers to the stable nature of a social network with more or less frequent social contacts facilitated by largely overlapping home ranges (within and among the sexes) among individually known neighbors.

Species differ, however, with regard to the smallest social unit within this neighborhood. Whereas some species mostly remain solitary even during the daily

Table 3. Aspects of the sleeping site ecology of the studied mouse lemur species (A: Ampijoroa JBA, B: Ampijoroa JBB)

M. murinus

M. griseorufus

M. berthae

M. ravelobensis

M. rufus group

Substrate to to

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