Mouse Lemur

Newly described species, Goodman's mouse lemur, Microcebus lehilahytsara.

is is a new species of Lemur that they've identified in Madagascar. They named it after Steve Goodman. The scientists say; Lehilahytsara means "good man" in Malagasy. The German primatologists chose this name to honor Steve Goodman, scientist with The Field Museum in Chicago and WWF in Madagascar. "Goodman's field research in all remote parts of Madagascar has contributed enormously to our knowledge about the diversity of Madagascar's unique and threatened fauna and flora," Kappeler says.

"It is truly an honor to have such an animal named after me," Goodman says, "but this is really a joint tribute to all of the scientists and students who have taken part in our multidisciplinary surveys over the past 16 years."

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Very cute.

There seem to have been a few new large animal species identified this year.

Hopefully we'll manage to stop destroying the world so they survive, if only so our descendants don't exist in a denuded world.

By Chris' Wills (not verified) on 02 May 2007 #permalink

It is very cute photo (and a nice compliment to Mr. Goodman).

I note that the caption's last sentence seems to have wandered in from another article -- not only does it give a different species name, but the description indicates a much larger animal than is shown.

By David Harmon (not verified) on 03 May 2007 #permalink