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Lesser Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec
Range Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Afrosoricida
Family Tenrecidae
Genus Microgale
Species Microgale longicaudata
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Lesser long-tailed shrew tenrec (Microgale longicaudata), is a species of tenrec in the Tenrecidae family. It is active at all hours of the day and night, but each individual maintains its own pattern of rest and activity.

Range and Habitat[]

It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.


As its name implies, occupies the ecological niche filled by shrews in other parts of the world. The coat is short, but dense, and quite lacking in the spines so common in this family. The long tail is prehensile. Its body is 5–15 cm long, with the tail being 7.5–17 cm long.


Although it climbs well, usually it eats mostly on the forest floor, for grubs, worms, and small insects.


Little is known, but they are believed to produce litters of 2-4 young. They do not appear to hibernate at all.