Rufous elephant shrew

Rufous elephant shrew

Rufous elephant shrew, Rufous sengi, East african long-eared elephant-shrew

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Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Genus
SPECIES
Elephantulus rufescens
Weight
25-60 g
Length
170-310 mm

The rufous elephant shrew, rufous sengi or East African long-eared elephant-shrew (Galegeeska rufescens ) is a species of elephant shrew in the family Macroscelididae. Found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

No

Nocturnal

Om

Omnivore

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Mo

Monogamy

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

R

starts with

Appearance

Galegeeska rufescens exhibits no sexual dimorphism. The proboscis is long and flexible. The species' tails are dark-brown and can be long up to its head-to-tail length. Both adults and juveniles are similar in color. The dorsal fur is of fine texture and the coloring is brown, reddish-brown in color, or buff while the ventral fur coloring is white. The coloration of the dorsal fur is influenced by the color of the soil in which G. rufescens lives. However, adults have white feet while juveniles' feet are brown. The large eye is surrounded by a white ring which is interrupted by a dark patch which extended towards the rear of the animal. The ears are large and without fur. A sternal gland is present on both males and females. The sternal gland is indicated by short, fringed white hairs. Females have three pair of teats and the males have internal testes.

Distribution

Geography

Galegeeska rufescens occupies the drywood land and grassland zone of East Africa.

Rufous elephant shrew habitat map
Rufous elephant shrew habitat map
Rufous elephant shrew

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
57 to 65 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 2

References

1. Rufous elephant shrew Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_elephant_shrew
2. Rufous elephant shrew on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/42664/21289073

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