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Long-eared Gymnure
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Information
Range Laos
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Eulipotyphla
Family Erinaceidae
Genus Hylomys
Species Hylomys megalotis
Conservation Status
DDSpecies
Data Deficient

The Long-eared gymnure (Hylomys megalotis), is a species of gymnure that is found in Laos. This specific type of gymnure has long ears and a long skull compared to that of others. It is also recognized for its broad forefeet, stout claws, and naked hindfeet.

Etymology[]

The term Hylomys is referred as lesser gymnures. The term megalotis is derived from the two Greek words "megas" and "otos," which means "large" and "ears", respectively.

Description[]

Hylomys megalotis is a type of gymnure. Compared to other Hylomys species, Hylomys megalotis has rounder, more prominent, and larger ears. Its soles and tarsals are naked, and it has long and moderately stout claws. The skull of Hylomys megalotis is elongated, flattened, and moderately slender.

Among the sizes of Hylomys, Hylomys megalotis is medium in size. However, they have longer tail. Its tail is about 75% of its head and body length. Instead of having flattened spinous hairs, it has grey, long, soft and fine furs. Unlike other Hylomys species, Hylomys megalotis has stronger and tougher teeth.

Habitat[]

Hylomys megalotis is primarily found in Khammouan Province, Laos, specifically in Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Thakheck district. It can also be found in the surroundings of Ban Muang and Ban Doy. It is typically found in areas where there are massive limestone karst that is covered in large boulders, with heavily degraded mixture of deciduous forest, scrub, and bamboos.

Reproduction[]

The pregnancy lasts around six to seven weeks.They are born blind and hairless. However, the hedgehogs can start growing spiny hairs within 36-hours after birth. Unfortunately, only the mothers raise their young ones.

Conservation[]

Currently, there is no known threat to this species.

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