Tenrecs Belong in Saltwater Aquariums

While we usually bring you hard-hitting, fact-based (like pleather is leather-based) news, sometimes we stumble across something that is simply news to us. In this case, it’s the existence of what appears to be a cross between a colorful sea slug and a shrew called a Lowland Streaked Tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus).

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Since these pictures in and of themselves aren’t much of a post, please gather round the campfire for a bit more info on tenrecs. As any self-respecting pretend biologist can tell you, tenrecs are a distinct family of mammals that spent the last few million years evolving into a variety of different species while isolated in Madagascar (yes yes, there are some in Southern Africa too. We choose to selectively ignore them). They are remarkably diverse, although they kind of look like the home-schooled equivalents of the animals that fill their niches on more cosmopolitan land masses. There are hedgehog-like tenrecs. Porcupiney tenrecs. Shrewy tenrecs. Possumy tenrecs. Even otter-like tenrecs. Here are a few.

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

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Dobson’s Shrew Tenrec

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Giant Otter Shrew (tenrec) – big money to whomever can deliver me a half-decent shot of this guy

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Thus ends tenrec 101. Please present your term papers (11pt, Arial) finishing the following statement by the end of next week:

“A tenrec in my pants would make me feel…”


  1. #1 Katie Thompson
    August 5, 2009

    “like the man up stairs is still looking out for me.”

  2. #2 Andrew B
    August 5, 2009


  3. #3 milkshake
    August 5, 2009


  4. #4 Tammy Edlin
    August 5, 2009

    is it weird that i think this thing is cute?

  5. #5 julia
    August 5, 2009

    I’m right there with you, Tammy.

    (Damn! They are adorable!)

  6. #6 Tammy Edlin
    August 5, 2009


  7. #7 Christopher Taylor
    August 5, 2009

    yes yes, there are some in Southern Africa too. We choose to selectively ignore them

    Then why have you got a whacking great photo of one?

  8. #8 andrew b
    August 5, 2009

    Because we are wily

  9. #9 neil
    August 6, 2009

    “like a natural woman”

    You want tenrecs?
    I gots your tenrecs right here.

  10. #10 Jennifer Frazer
    August 6, 2009

    like it was time for a new, less tenrec-based job.

  11. #11 Marcia Earth
    August 6, 2009

    Who says that they’re not cute?

  12. #12 avşa adası
    December 16, 2009

    thank you mens

  13. #13 Alyssa
    September 9, 2010
  14. #14 swinger
    November 16, 2010

    selam çok severim

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