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Tenrec Systematics

Updated Aug 26, 2019. The following classification has been assembled by members of the IUCN Afrotheria Specialist Group. Taxonomy follows Everson KM, V Soarimalala, SM Goodman & LE Olson. 2016. Multiple loci and complete taxonomic sampling resolve the phylogeny and biogeographic history of tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae) and reveal higher speciation rates in Madagascar's humid forests. Systematic Biology 65: 890-909. Superscripts refer to footnotes in each section. The binomial for each species is followed by the current IUCN Red List categories of threat:
[DD] = Data Deficient [VU] = Vulnerable
[LC] = Least Concern [EN] = Endangered
[NT] = Near Threatened [CR] = Critically Endangered
The common English names for all species are included to the right of the scientific names. At the end of each section are citations that support the classification.


Supercohort: Afrotheria

Order: Afrosoricida  
Suborder: Tenrecomorpha (34 species)  
Family: Potamogalidae (3 species) Otter Shrews

              Genus: Potamogale


                    Species: Potamogale velox [LC]

Giant Otter Shrew
              Genus: Micropotamogale  

                    Species: Micropotamogale lamottei [VU]

Nimba Otter Shrew

                    Species: Micropotamogale ruwenzorii [LC]

Ruwenzori Otter Shrew
Family: Tenrecidae (31 species) Tenrecs

        Subfamily: Tenrecinae

Spiny Tenrecs

              Genus: Echinops


                    Species: Echinops telfairi [LC]

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

              Genus: Hemicentetes

Streaked Tenrecs

                    Species: Hemicentetes semispinosus [LC]

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

                    Species: Hemicentetes nigriceps [LC]

Highland Streaked Tenrec
              Genus: Setifer  
                    Species: Setifer setosus [LC] Greater Hedgehog Tenrec
              Genus: Tenrec  
                    Species: Tenrec ecaudatus [LC] Tail-less Tenrec
        Subfamily: Geogalinae  
                    Species: Geogale aurita [LC] Large-eared Tenrec
        Subfamily: Oryzorictinae Furred Tenrecs
              Genus: Microgale  
                    Species: Microgale brevicaudata [LC] Short-tailed Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale breviceps)  
                          (syn. Paramicrogale occidentalis)  
                    Species: Microgale cowani [LC] Cowan's Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale crassipes)  
                          (syn. Microgale longirostris)  
                          (syn. Microgale cowani nigrescens)  
                    Species: Microgale drouhardi [LC] Drouhard's Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale melanorrhachis)  
                    Species: Microgale dryas [VU] Dryad Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale fotsifotsy [LC] Pale Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale gracilis [VU] Gracile Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale grandidieri [LC] Grandidier's Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale gymnorhyncha [LC] Naked-nosed Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale jenkinsae [EN] Jenkins' Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale jobihely [EN] Northern Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale longicaudata [LC] Lesser Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale prolixacaudata)  
                    Species: Microgale majori [LC] Major's Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale mergulus [VU] Web-footed Tenrec
                          (syn. Limnogale mergulus)
                    Species: Microgale monticola [VU] Montane Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale nasoloi [VU] Nasolo's Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale parvula [LC] Pygmy Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale pulla)  
                    Species: Microgale principula [LC] Greater Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale decaryi)  
                          (syn. Microgale sorella)  
                    Species: Microgale pusilla [LC] Least Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale soricoides [LC] Shrew-toothed Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale taiva [LC] Taiva Shrew Tenrec
                    Species: Microgale thomasi [LC] Thomas' Shrew Tenrec
              Genus: Nesogale Large-bodied Shrew Tenrecs
                    Species: Nesogale dobsoni [LC] Dobson's Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale dobsoni)  
                    Species: Nesogale talazaci [LC] Talazac's Shrew Tenrec
                          (syn. Microgale talazaci)  
              Genus: Oryzorictes Rice Tenrecs
                    Species: Oryzorictes hova [LC] Mole-like Rice Tenrec
                          (syn. Oryzorictes talpoides)  
                    Species: Oryzorictes tetradactylus [DD] Four-toed Rice Tenrec

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