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A Case of Adult Cannibalism in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012
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American Journal of Primatology
Volume 74, Issue 9, pages 783–787, September 2012
How to Cite
HÄMÄLÄINEN, A. (2012), A Case of Adult Cannibalism in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus. Am. J. Primatol., 74: 783–787. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22034
The author declares no conflict of interest.
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 18 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 JAN 2012
- German Research Foundation (DFG)
- diet flexibility;
- nutritional stress;
Cannibalism, defined as the eating of conspecific flesh, has been observed in a number of primate species, although it is still a relatively rare phenomenon. In cases where primates were seen feeding on an individual of the same species, the victims have exclusively been infants or juveniles. Here, I report an event of a free-living, adult male gray mouse lemur, Microcebus murinus, cannibalizing an adult conspecific female that died of an unknown cause. This observation has implications for the basic ecology of the species and highlights the potential for great flexibility in diet and behavior by a primate. This is, to my knowledge, the first communication of cannibalistic behavior in this species, as well as the first reported case of a nonhuman primate cannibalizing an adult conspecific. Am. J. Primatol. 74:783-787, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.