Significance to humans

Throughout much of Madagascar, spiny tenrecs, most notably Tenrec and to a lesser extent Echinops and Setifer, are widely hunted by people as a supplementary source of meat. In fact, in some areas, these animals are sufficiently relished that their flesh is more expensive per unit weight than beef. In certain regions, the consumption of Tenrecinae meat is considered taboo (fady) and these animals are not hunted locally.

1. Large-eared tenrec (Geogale aurita); 2. Common tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus); 3. Nasolo's shrew tenrec (Microgale nasoloi); 4. Dobson's shrew tenrec (Microgale dobsoni). (Illustration by Gillian Harris)

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