TENRECIDAE (Tenrecs and Otter Shrews)
The Tenrecidae (Order Afrosoricida, Suborder Tenrecomorpha) is an ancient
group of small to
medium-sized African mammals of varying outer form and habits consisting of about ten living
genera, with thirty species. The family is divided into four subfamilies: Geogalinae (one species,
Madagascar), Oryzorictinae (three genera and twenty-one species, Madagascar), Potamogalinae
(two genera and three species, central and western Africa), and Tenrecinae (four genera and
five species, Madagascar; Tenrec ecaudatus introduced on Reunion, Mauritius, the Comoros,
and the Seychelles Islands).
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