Tenrecs

(Tenrecidae)

Class Mammalia Order Insectivora Family Tenrecidae

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Very small to small mammals showing a considerable range in external morphology with regards to, for example, tail length (very short to three times body length), fur color and texture, and foot structure; some species have dorsal fur modified into spines and others with elongated trunk-like bodies; four to five fingers and five toes; tooth count ranges from 32 to 40, depending on genus

Size

Head and body length 2-14 in (5.5-35.7 cm); weight 0.1-70 oz (3.5 g-2 kg)

Number of genera, species

10 genera; 27 species

Habitat

Forest, pseudosteppe, scrublands, and spiny bush

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 1 species; Endangered: 6 species; Vulnerable: 3 species

Distribution

Most restricted to Madagascar; otter shrews, mainland Africa

Distribution

Most restricted to Madagascar; otter shrews, mainland Africa

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