Dwarf gymnure

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Dwarf gymnure[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Genus: Hylomys
Species: H. parvus
Binomial name
Hylomys parvus
Robinson & Kloss, 1916
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Dwarf gymnure range

The dwarf gymnure (Hylomys parvus) is a gymnure found only at Mount Kerinci, Sumatra, Indonesia. It is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a critically endangered species due to a restricted range.[2]

The dwarf gymnure was first described as a separate taxon in 1916, but it was not considered a valid species until it was more closely examined in 1994. RUEDI, M., CHAPUISAT, M. & ISKANDAR, D. 1994. Taxonomic status of Hylomys parvus and Hylomys suillus (Insectivora: Erinaceidae): Biochemical and morphological analyses. Journal of Mammalogy 75: 965-978.

This small animal, measuring only 4-5 inches, has a foul scent, especially when threatened. It has an average lifespan of about 2 years and a gestation period of about 30–35 days.


  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Insectivore Specialist Group (1996). "Hylomys parvus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 May 2006.  Listed as Critically Endangered (CR B1+2c v2.3)