Echinops telfairi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Echinops telfairi
Species Authority: Martin, 1838
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Olson, L. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section)
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is generally distributed in southern and south-western Madagascar. It has recently been recorded in south-eastern Madagascar (Goodman et al. 1999).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is relatively common where sampled.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in the dry deciduous forest areas of western Madagascar and the xerophytic spiny forest and gallery regions of southwest Madagascar. It has also has been found in open grasslands tens of kilometres from forest, including in disturbed habitats of non-native vegetation (S.M. Goodman pers. comm).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this widespread and adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in numerous protected areas, including Andohahela National Park and Berenty Private Reserve. No conservation measures are needed.

Citation: Olson, L. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section) 2008. Echinops telfairi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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