Giant otter shrew

Giant otter shrew

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Potamogale velox
WEIGHT
300-950 g
LENGTH
535-640 mm

The giant otter shrew is a semiaquatic, carnivorous afrotherian mammal. It is found in the main rainforest block of central Africa from Nigeria to Zambia, with a few isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. It lives in streams, wetlands and slow flowing larger rivers. It is the only species in the genus Potamogale. Otter shrews are most closely related to the tenrecs of Madagascar. They are nocturnal carnivores that feed on aquatic animals. Despite its name, the giant otter shrew is not a true shrew . The common name refers to their resemblance to otters with their flat face, stiff whiskers, and muscular tails, and to their overall superficial similarity to true shrews.

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No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

In

Insectivores

Mo

Molluscivore

Pi

Piscivores

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

Bu

Burrowing

Se

Semiaquatic

So

Solitary

G

starts with

Habits and Lifestyle

References

1. Giant otter shrew Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_otter_shrew
2. Giant otter shrew on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/18095/97203526

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