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Lowland streaked tenrec, Andasibe, Madagascar Found at the start of a lengthy night hike in an Andasibe camp site. Allegedly they are rare to see in winter. This species is very easy to recognize from its yellow streaks. There&#039;s a lot of interesting morphological  facts regarding this species, but most are rather complex and technical. Therefore, I&#039;ll limit it to the most spectacular fact: this is the only mammal species known in the world that uses Stridulation for generating sounds. <br />
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Stridulation is the production of sound by moving body parts together, common in insects and in some birds, yet this is the only mammal to do it. Specifically, this species rubs it spines together to produce a sound when threatened.<br />
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This species is also known for always having at least one obstructing element in front of its face, example from 4 years earlier:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/33360/lowland_streaked_tenrec_in_maroantsetra_madagascar.html" title="Lowland streaked tenrec in Maroantsetra, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/33360_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1636588810&Signature=V1utVIYn5faPhtmqZ1qkPDFB7DE%3D" width="200" height="154" alt="Lowland streaked tenrec in Maroantsetra, Madagascar Yes, I&#039;m definitely cursing at that grass blocking its face, but this is the only photo I have of this species. We found it when returning from dinner and walking back to our lodge at the beach in Maroantsetra. They are quite active and fast and keep changing direction, making them hard to photograph. <br />
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Tenrecs are a very interesting and diverse family of mammals of which most only occur in Madagascar, yet somehow their isolated evolution led to features we recognize in other places and species. This one has a lot in common with hedgehogs, for example.<br />
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Fun fact for this particular streaked tenrec species: it is the only mammal in the world known to produce sound by rubbing body parts together, a process called stridulation. They vibrate their quills to communicate with others.<br />
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One minute after this capture and only a few meters apart, we found the arch enemy of all tenrecs:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/33363/madagascar_night_snake_madagascarophis_colubrinus.html Africa,Geotagged,Hemicentetes semispinosus,Lowland streaked tenrec,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Maroantsetra,Spring,World" /></a></figure> Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Hemicentetes semispinosus,Lowland streaked tenrec,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Lowland streaked tenrec, Andasibe, Madagascar

Found at the start of a lengthy night hike in an Andasibe camp site. Allegedly they are rare to see in winter. This species is very easy to recognize from its yellow streaks. There's a lot of interesting morphological facts regarding this species, but most are rather complex and technical. Therefore, I'll limit it to the most spectacular fact: this is the only mammal species known in the world that uses Stridulation for generating sounds.

Stridulation is the production of sound by moving body parts together, common in insects and in some birds, yet this is the only mammal to do it. Specifically, this species rubs it spines together to produce a sound when threatened.

This species is also known for always having at least one obstructing element in front of its face, example from 4 years earlier:

Lowland streaked tenrec in Maroantsetra, Madagascar Yes, I'm definitely cursing at that grass blocking its face, but this is the only photo I have of this species. We found it when returning from dinner and walking back to our lodge at the beach in Maroantsetra. They are quite active and fast and keep changing direction, making them hard to photograph. <br />
<br />
Tenrecs are a very interesting and diverse family of mammals of which most only occur in Madagascar, yet somehow their isolated evolution led to features we recognize in other places and species. This one has a lot in common with hedgehogs, for example.<br />
<br />
Fun fact for this particular streaked tenrec species: it is the only mammal in the world known to produce sound by rubbing body parts together, a process called stridulation. They vibrate their quills to communicate with others.<br />
<br />
One minute after this capture and only a few meters apart, we found the arch enemy of all tenrecs:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/33363/madagascar_night_snake_madagascarophis_colubrinus.html Africa,Geotagged,Hemicentetes semispinosus,Lowland streaked tenrec,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Maroantsetra,Spring,World

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The lowland streaked tenrec is a small tenrec found in Madagascar.

Similar species: African Shrews
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Oct 26, 2019. Captured Jul 18, 2019 19:01 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/7.1
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm