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 (Genest and Petter 1975; Hutterer 1993). However, the taxonomic status of this species is now certain, including records in sympatry with Hemicentetes semispinosus (Butler et al. 1954; Goodman et al. 2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jenkins, P. & 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, high local population abundance and high tolerance to anthropogenic habitats.
Previously published Red List assessments:
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:
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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. It often occurs in agricultural land and gardens. It has been recorded from villages and moderately large towns at a considerable distance from forests (S. M. Goodman pers. comm).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. This species adapts to anthropogenic environments. It is sometimes hunted for food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is known from two protected areas, including Andringitra National Park.

Citation: Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group - Tenrec Section). 2008. Hemicentetes nigriceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T62011A12576174. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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