Hemicentetes nigriceps 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Afrosoricida Tenrecidae

Scientific Name: Hemicentetes nigriceps
Species Authority: Günther, 1875
Common Name(s):
English Highland Streaked Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously considered to be a subspecies of Hemicentetes semispinosus (see Hutterer 1993). However, its taxonomic status is now certain, including records in sympatry with Hemicentetes semispinosus (Goodman et al. 2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2014-08-20
Assessor(s): Goodman, S., Stephenson, P.J. & Soarimalala, V.
Reviewer(s): Taylor, A.
Contributor(s): Jenkins, P.

This species is confirmed to be Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, high local population abundance and apparent tolerance of anthropogenic habitats.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Madagascar. It occurs on the eastern edge of the central highlands in eastern Madagascar. It has an altitudinal range of between 1,200 and 2,350 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2350
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in moist primary and secondary forest primarily on the central plateau, and has often been recorded in agricultural land and gardens (Eisenberg and Gould 1970, Goodman et al. 2000, Stephenson 2003). It has been recorded from villages and moderately large towns at a considerable distance from forests (S.M. Goodman pers. comm). It feeds on soft-bodied invertebrates and forages at night (Eisenberg and Gould 1970, Stephenson 2003). Carnivores such as Cryptoprocta ferox, Fossa fossana and Galidia elegans, as well as large snakes, prey upon them. This species is an obligate hibernator and enters profound torpor between May and October (Stephenson and Racey 1994).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It may be hunted for food in some places; trade is unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species, although it may be hunted locally for food. The highland forests in its range are highly threatened but this species appears to be able to adapt to anthropogenic environments.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is known from two protected areas: Andringitra National Park and Ranomafana National Park (Nicoll and Langrand 1989).

Citation: Goodman, S., Stephenson, P.J. & Soarimalala, V. 2015. Hemicentetes nigriceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T62011A21283860. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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