Hemicentetes is a genus of tenrec with two species, present on the island of Madagascar.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec, Mantadia, Madagascar.jpg
Lowland streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Suborder: Tenrecomorpha
Family: Tenrecidae
Subfamily: Tenrecinae
Genus: Hemicentetes
Mivart, 1871[1]
Type species
Ericulus semispinosus[2]
G. Cuvier, 1798
  • Centetes Schinz & Brodtmann, 1827
  • Echinodes Pomel, 1848
  • Ericius Giebel, 1871
  • Ericus Bergroth, 1902
  • Eteocles Gray, 1821

Geographic RangeEdit

There are two species in the genus Hemicentetes, H. semispinosus and H. nigriceps both are found only on Madagascar. Lowland streaked tenrecs (H. semispinosus) are found in the rainforests on the east side of the island and highland streaked tenrecs (H. nigriceps) are found in humid forest and plateau savanna boundary habitat in the central upland portion of Madagascar.[3]


Lowland streaked tenrecs (H. semispinosus) are found in tropical rainforest habitats while highland streaked tenrecs (H. nigriceps) are found in both tropical rainforest and savanna habitats. Their ranges were not thought to overlap, but they were found coexisting in the widely varied habitat of Mahatsinjo Forest in 2000, which led researchers to believe that they were separate species rather than subspecies.[4][3][5]


  1. ^ Mivart, St. George (1871). "On Hemicentetes, a new Genus of Insectivora, with some Additional Remarks on the Osteology of that Order". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1871: 58–79. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1871.tb00471.x.
  2. ^ a b Bronner, G.N.; Jenkins, P.D. (2005). "Order Afrosoricida". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ a b Marshall, Christopher D.; Eisenberg, John F. (1996). "Hemicentetes semispinosus". Mammalian Species (541): 1–4. doi:10.2307/3504327. JSTOR 3504327.
  4. ^ Goodman, S. M.; Rakontondravony, D.; Soarimalala, V.; Duchemin, J. B.; Duplantier, J.-M. (2000). "Syntopic occurrence of Hemicentetes semispinosus and H. nigriceps (Lipotyphla : Tenrecidae) on the Central Highlands of Madagascar". Notes. Mammalia. 64 (1): 113–116. doi:10.1515/mamm.2000.64.1.113.
  5. ^ Stephenson, P. J. (2007). "Species Profile: Streaked tenrecs, Hemicentetes" (PDF). Afrotherian Conservation: Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group. 5: 1–3. BHL page 56294871.