Micropotamogale

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Micropotamogale[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Family: Tenrecidae
Subfamily: Potamogalinae
Genus: Micropotamogale
Balsac, 1954
Species

Micropotamogale is a genus of small, otter-like tenrecs native to riverine habitats of West African rainforests. They feed on aquatic animals and insects they can find and capture.

Two species are recognized:

Conservation[edit]

The Ruwenzori Otter Shrew is considered Near Threatened, while the Nimba Otter Shrew is Endangered by the IUCN.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronner, G. N.; Jenkins, P. D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 75–76. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.