Macroscelidea Sengis

(Macroscelididae)

Class Mammalia Order Macroscelidea Family Macroscelididae Number of families 1

Thumbnail description

Small, mouse-like or shrew-like mammals with long legs and elongated, mobile snouts

Size

Species range from mouse-sized to rabbit-sized, adult body weights ranging 1-160 oz (25-550 g), head-and-body lengths 3.5-12.5 in (90-315 mm), tail lengths 3-11 in (80-263 mm)

Number of genera, species

4 genera; 15 species

Habitat

Varied, from tropical lowland and montane forests, to dry savannas, scrub forest and brush, rocky outcrops, and deserts

Conservation status

Endangered: 3 species; Vulnerable: 4 species

Distribution

Central, southern and eastern Africa, and a separate region in northwestern Africa

Distribution

Central, southern and eastern Africa, and a separate region in northwestern Africa

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