Contributions to Zoology, 82 (2) – 2013

Social organisation of the northern giant mouse lemur Mirza zaza in Sahamalaza, north western Madagascar, inferred from nest group composition and genetic relatedness

E. Johanna Rode1,2, K. Anne-Isola Nekaris2, Matthias Markolf3, Susanne Schliehe-Diecks3, Melanie Seiler1,4, Ute Radespiel5, Christoph Schwitzer1,6

1.  Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, c/o Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA, UK

2.  Nocturnal Primate Research Group, School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP, UK

3.  German Primate Center, Kellner Weg 4, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

4.  School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG, UK

5.  Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Buenteweg 2, 30559 Hannover, Germany

6. cschwitzer@bcsf.org.uk

Keywords: conservation,fragmentation,genetic diversity,nest utilisation,sleeping site,small population genetics.