Highland streaked tenrec

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Highland streaked tenrec
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H. nigriceps
Binomial name
Hemicentetes nigriceps
Gunther, 1875
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Highland streaked tenrec range
Synonyms

Hemicentetes semispinosus nigriceps

The highland streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes nigriceps) is an insectivore which lives in the central upland regions of Madagascar. Its black and white striped body is covered with quills, which it will raise when agitated. The spines detach and remain in the body of an inquisitive predator. The highland streaked tenrec uses its long snout to burrow under leaves and bark, searching for earthworms, its primary food.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Afrotheria Specialist Group (Tenrec Section); Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (2008). "Hemicentetes nigriceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  • Quammen, David (1996). The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions. Simon & Schuster. p. 48. ISBN 0-684-82712-3.