Ruwenzori otter shrew

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Ruwenzori otter shrew[1]
Scientific classification
M. ruwenzorii
Binomial name
Micropotamogale ruwenzorii
(de Witte & Frechkop, 1955)
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Ruwenzori otter shrew range

The Ruwenzori otter shrew (Micropotamogale ruwenzorii) is a species of semiaquatic mammal in the family Tenrecidae. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Behavior and habitat[edit]

Ruwenzori shrews live in the rivers and streams of various biomes, mostly in forests. They also live at various altitudes, ranging from lowland forests just a few hundred meters above sea level to montane forests over 2000 meters above sea level (7000 feet).[2] Its prey is primarily small animals, such as fish, crabs, worms, insects, and small frogs. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]


  1. ^ Bronner, G.N.; Jenkins, P.D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b c Vogel, P.; Afrotheria Specialist Group (2008). "Micropotamogale ruwenzorii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 December 2008.