Significance to humans

Tree shrews seem to be of no real significance to local human populations and it has in fact been reported that they are unpalatable.

A pygmy tree shrew (Tupaia minor) on a tree branch. (Photo by © Barry Slaven/Visuals Unlimited, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

1. Pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii); 2. Common tree shrew (Tupaia glis); 3. Terrestrial tree shrew (Tupaia tana); 4. Bornean smooth-tailed tree shrew (Dendrogale melanura); 5. Indian tree shrew (Anathana ellioti); 6. Philippine tree shrew (Urogale everetti). (Illustration by Jacqueline Mahannah)

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