Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Setifer setosus
Species Authority: (Schreber, 1778)
Common Name(s):
English Greater Hedgehog Tenrec, Large Madagascar Hedgehog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Vololomboahangy, R. & 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 as it is a widespread species, with no threats, that occurs in a range of primary and disturbed habitats.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the island of Madagascar where it is generally found throughout the island. It has an altitudinal range of sea level to around 2,250 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is very abundant in some areas, and seems to adapt well to disturbed habitats.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found throughout the island in all habitat types with the exception of wetlands and marshes. Recorded even from some urban areas, such as Antananarivo, and is occasionally encountered in areas with extensive human disturbance. Widepsread omnivore favouring eastern forests and lower elevations, but found in moist and dry zones.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. It is locally threatened by overhunting in some parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from many protected areas including the Ambohitantely Special Reserve; Montagne d'Ambre National Park; Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve; Manongarivo Special Reserve; Ankarana Special Reserve; Andringitra National Park; Ranomafana National Park; Ankarafantsika National Park; Bora Special Reserve; Ambatovaky Special Reserve; Andohahela National Park; Beza-Mahafaly Special Reserve; Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park and Isalo National Park. There are no conservation measures needed for this adaptable species.

Citation: Vololomboahangy, R. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Setifer setosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T40594A10327164. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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