Lowland Streaked Tenrec Skull


The Lowland Streaked Tenrec is found in the tropical rainforest of northern and eastern Madagascar. This small mammal is named for its black and yellow striped fur and possesses scattered quills.


Lowland Streaked Tenrec Skull measures 1.8×0.8×0.7 inches. Lowland Streaked Tenrec Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast from private collection. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec or Hemicentetes semispinosus is found in tropical lowland rain forests, in the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar. The lowland streaked tenrec is active both during the day and at night.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec or Hemicentetes semispinosus diet is made up primarily of earthworms, but they will sometimes prey on other invertebrates as well.

They may be seen stamping their feet on the ground with their fore-paws, an adaptation which is believed to increase earthworm activity for easier foraging.

Most tenrecs possess a long snout for poking around in the ground to find their food. They are also capable of eating fruit.

The Lowland streaked tenrec or Hemicentete spossesses sensory hairs that are scattered on the dorsum that are similar to vibrissae. This species also has elongated hands and second, third, and fourth digit adaptation that acts as the main fossorial adaptation.

The middle of the skull of this species is long and low, the alveolar processes of the maxilla, premaxilla and mandible are reduced and the palate narrow.

The teeth are small, spaced, and placed farther forward on the skull. The temporal muscles, sagittal, and nuchal crests are weaker compared to other tenrec species.

These tenrecs are threatened primarily by the loss of their natural habitat due to continuous deforestation, as it is with many other animals in the Madagascar region. This species is also being hunted for food.

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Additional information

Weight 0.45 lbs
Dimensions 1.8 × 0.8 × 0.7 in
Lowland Streaked Tenrec Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Suborder: Tenrecomorpha
Family: Tenrecidae
Genus: Hemicentetes
Species: H. semispinosus
Binomial name: Hemicentetes semispinosus
Conservation status: Least concern