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   Undertoad  Friday Apr 20 07:47 AM

April 20, 2007: Goodman's Mouse Lemur



Oh gawd yes. Irresistible. Thanks to magilla for sending this along originally; I found a nice summary of what it is to accompany the photo. This is a new species of Lemur that they've identified in Madagascar. They named it after this guy:

Quote:
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."
Now to the beastie,

Quote:
Mirza zaza is nocturnal and the size of a gray squirrel weighing about 10 ounces (300 grams). It has a long bushy tail, relatively small ears and large testes, which are suggestive of a promiscuous mating system.
Wait, is it just the large testes which are suggestive of promiscuity, or are the long bushy tail and relatively small ears also signs of that? Well, going by the pic, the dude is 1/8th sack, which is pretty testicular, you've got to give him that. So I guess it truly would be an honor to have it named after you.


Beestie  Friday Apr 20 09:15 AM

I had the skillet all buttered up and ready then I made the mistake of looking into those sad eyes.

Damnit - guess its gonna have to be grits. Again.



Spexxvet  Friday Apr 20 09:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beestie View Post
I had the skillet all buttered up and ready then I made the mistake of looking into those sad eyes.

Damnit - guess its gonna have to be grits. Again.
Just eat the eyes first.

"Love to eat them mousies,
Mousies what I love to eat.
Bit they little heads off,
Nibble on they tiny feet"
- B Kliban


Chinditz  Friday Apr 20 10:23 AM

Large teste's, allmost there in the "opposable thumbs" department, all the promiscuity you can shake a stick at, I think I want to be a Mirza zaza when I grow up.

Carpe Noctum.



Sheldonrs  Friday Apr 20 10:27 AM

"After a steady diet of Jolt Cola, Red Bull and No-Doze tablets, UT decided it was time for a vacation."



mbrutsch  Friday Apr 20 11:34 AM

That's just nuts.



Elspode  Friday Apr 20 07:08 PM

Something fuzzy is stirring in my work-addled brain, but...aren't lemurs primates? I mean, isn't this critter a not so distant cousin. Judging by the size of the yarbles, I know he's related to me somehow.



be-bop  Friday Apr 20 07:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beestie View Post
I had the skillet all buttered up and ready then I made the mistake of looking into those sad eyes.

Damnit - guess its gonna have to be grits. Again.
What are grits anyway?


Ibby  Friday Apr 20 09:54 PM

Hominy.



wolf  Friday Apr 20 10:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by be-bop View Post
What are grits anyways?
Grits are fifty.

They're extra.


sandypossum  Saturday Apr 21 06:13 AM

Quote:
"Love to eat them mousies,
Mousies what I love to eat.
Bit they little heads off,
Nibble on they tiny feet"
- B Kliban
OMG! Years ago I had a favourite Kliban mug with that on it, and a French musician friend once sang an improvised blues version of it for me.


Elspode  Saturday Apr 21 10:23 AM

I had a BBQ apron and a checkbook cover with that, my favorite Bernie Kliban panel.



monster  Saturday Apr 21 10:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by be-bop View Post
What are grits anyway?
A bit like polenta. Corn porridge. Poor man's food. Gruel.


monster  Saturday Apr 21 10:56 PM

I'm thinking I might need a recipe for Madagascan Oysters.....



SPUCK  Sunday Apr 22 06:01 AM

Eyes a 1/4 of the size of your head... hmmm. Like eyes the size of your cheeks... I like it!



Sarasvati48  Sunday Apr 22 10:11 PM

New species? How new? Just saw a bunch of these on the Planet Earth series tonight...



Undertoad  Sunday Apr 22 11:12 PM

Goodman's Mouse Lemur or some other kind of lemur?



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