Lesser gymnure

Hylomys suillus

SUBFAMILY

Hylomyinae

TAXONOMY

Hylomys suillus Müller, 1840, Indonesia. Includes very rare H. s. parvus, regarded by some to be a separate species.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Short-tailed gymnure; French: Petite gymnure; German: Kleinegymnure; Spanish: Gymnure pequeño.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length: 3.5-5.7 in (9-14.5 cm); tail: 0.4-1.2 in (1-3 cm); weight: 0.5-2.8 oz (15-80 g).

DISTRIBUTION

Yunnan Province, China, Myanmar (Burma), Indochina, peninsular Thailand and Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and Java.

HABITAT

Dense, damp forest from sea level to 11,000 ft (3,400 m). BEHAVIOR

Active day and night, moves quickly and nimbly; does not hibernate. Probably solitary, though records of small groups exist—these may represent females with large young. Builds nests of leaves in rock crevices and hollows among tree roots.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Insects, worms, and other invertebrates found in leaf litter, will also eat fruit.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Litters of 2 to 3 young born at any time of year. Polygynous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

H. s. parvus is Critically Endangered.

I Podogymnura truei I Echinosorex gymnura I Mesechinus dauuricus

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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