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Tenrecidae

tenrecs, Madagascar "hedgehogs"

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Relationships after Asher and Hofreiter 2006.

Containing group: Insectivora

Other Names for Tenrecidae

References

Asher, R. J. 2001. Cranial anatomy in tenrecid insectivorans: Character evolution across competing phylogenies. American Museum Novitates 3352:154.

Asher, R. J. and M. Hofreiter. 2006. Tenrec phylogeny and the noninvasive extraction of nuclear DNA. Systematic Biology 55(2):181-194.

Benstead, J. P., and L. E. Olson. 2003. Limnogale mergulus, web-footed tenrec or aquatic tenrec. Pages 12671273 in The Natural History of Madagascar. S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead, eds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Butler, P. M. 1984. Macroscelidea, Insectivora, and Chiroptera from the Miocene of East Africa. Palaeovertebrata 14:117200.

Douady, C. J., F. Catzeflis, D. J. Kao, M. S. Springer, and M. J. Stanhope. 2002. Molecular evidence for the monophyly of Tenrecidae (Mammalia) and the timing of the colonization of Madagascar by Malagasy tenrecs. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 22:357363.

Douady, C. J., F. Catzeflis, M. S. Springer, and M. J. Stanhope. 2003. Molecular evidence for the monophyly of Tenrecidae: A reply to Asher. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 26:331332.

Eisenberg, J. F., and E. Gould. 1970. The tenrecs: A study in mammalian behavior and evolution. Smithsonian Contrib. Zool. 27:1137.

Mouchaty S. K., A. Gullberg, A. Janke, and U. Arnason. 2000. Phylogenetic position of the tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae) of Madagascar based on analysis of the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Echinops telfairi. Zoologica Scripta 29:307317.

Olson, L. E., and S. M. Goodman. 2003. Phylogeny and biogeography of tenrecs. Pages 12351242 in The Natural History of Madagascar. S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead, eds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Poux, C., O. Madsen, E. Marquard, D. R. Vieites, W. W. de Jong, and M. Vences. 2005. Asynchronous Colonization of Madagascar by the Four Endemic Clades of Primates, Tenrecs, Carnivores, and Rodents as Inferred from Nuclear Genes. Systematic Biology 54(5):719730.

Poux, C., O. Madsen, J. Glos, W. W. de Jong, and M. Vences. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and divergence times of Malagasy tenrecs: influence of data partitioning and taxon sampling on dating analyses. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:102. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-102

Salton, J., and F. S. Szalay. 2004. The tarsal complex of Afro-Malagasy Tenrecoidea: A search for phylogenetically meaningful characters. J. Mamm. Evol. 11:73104.

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Scientific Name Hemicentetes semispinosus (Tenrecidae)
Location Perinet Reserve (Madagascar)
Comments Lowland streaked tenrec
Creator Gerald and Buff Corsi
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Collection CalPhotos
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