Highland streaked tenrec

Highland streaked tenrec

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Hemicentetes nigriceps
WEIGHT
70-160 g
LENGTH
120-160 mm

The highland streaked tenrec is an insectivore which lives in the central upland regions of Madagascar. Its black and white striped body is covered with quills, which it will raise when agitated. The spines detach and remain in the body of an inquisitive predator. The function of the black and white pattern may be to mimic juvenile Tenrec ecaudatus since the parents of this species are known to be aggressively protective, and the stripes may have developed as a type of camouflage while foraging. The highland streaked tenrec uses its long snout to burrow under leaves and bark, searching for earthworms, its primary food.

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No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

In

Insectivores

Ve

Vermivorous

To

Torpor

Is

Island endemic

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

Bu

Burrowing

So

Social

Ae

Aestivation

H

starts with

Distribution

Geography

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Highland streaked tenrec habitat map

Climate zones

Mating Habits

PREGNANCY DURATION
55 to 63 days
BABY CARRYING
2 to 8

References

1. Highland streaked tenrec Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_streaked_tenrec
2. Highland streaked tenrec on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/62011/97189172

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