The world's newest primate species has lovely eyes

In the Sahafina Forest in eastern Madagascar, a joint German-Malagasy research team has discovered a new species of primate they've dubbed Gerp's Mouse Lemur (Microcebus gerpi). Named after Madagascar's Groupe d'Étude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar and weighing in at 68 grams, Gerp's trumps the previously discovered Goodman's mouse lemur by a hearty 20 grams.

This nocturnal beast likely dwells in but a small sliver of lowland rainforest, making this species particularly susceptible to deforestation. The researchers published their findings in the journal Primates"First indications of a highland specialist among mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) and evidence for a new mouse lemur species from eastern Madagascar."

Via Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover. Photo credit: B. Randrianambinina.