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Highland Streaked Tenrec
F102-4642
Information
Range Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Afrosoricida
Family Tenrecidae
Genus Hemicentetes
Species Hemicentetes nigriceps
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Highland streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes nigriceps), is a species of tenrec in the Tenrecidae family, 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.

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