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Mole-like rice tenrec

Mole-like rice tenrec

The mole-like rice tenrec (Oryzorictes hova), also known as the fossorial tenrec or hova rice tenrec, is a species of mammal in the tenrec family. Like all other tenrecs, it is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, swamps, freshwater lakes, irrigated land, and seasonally flooded agricultural land. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]

Mole-like rice tenrec[1]
in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Suborder: Tenrecomorpha
Family: Tenrecidae
Genus: Oryzorictes
O. hova
Binomial name
Oryzorictes hova
Mole-like rice tenrec range

Oryzorictes talpoides G. Grandidier & Petit, 1930


Oryzorictes hova eats insects like worms, and they spend some of their time above ground but mostly stay underground. They can also be found in rice fields.[3] Not much is known about their mating or reproduction, but the most offspring they have is 4.[4]

Due to allopatric speciation, the rice tenrec has been separated into 3 distinct populations across Madagascar. Each of these populations could be considered their own distinct species, but additional data is required for a formal description of the species.[5]


  1. 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. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. Stephenson, P.J.; Soarimalala, V.; Goodman, S. (2016). "Oryzorictes hova". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T40589A97203050. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T40589A97203050.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  3. Stephenson, P.J. (1993). "Reproductive Biology of the Large-Eared Tenrec, Geogale aurita (Insectivora : Tenrecidae)". Mammalia. 57 (4). doi:10.1515/mamm.1993.57.4.553. ISSN 0025-1461. S2CID 86651664.
  4. Enders, A.C.; Blankenship, T.N.; Goodman, S.M.; Soarimalala, V.; Carter, A.M. (July 2007). "Placental Diversity in Malagasy Tenrecs: Placentation in Shrew Tenrecs (Microgale spp.), The Mole-Like Rice Tenrec (Oryzorictes hova) and The Web-Footed Tenrec (Limnogale mergulus)". Placenta. 28 (7): 748–759. doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2006.10.003. ISSN 0143-4004. PMID 17113148.
  5. Everson, Kathryn M.; Hildebrandt, Kyndall B. P.; Goodman, Steven M.; Olson, Link E. (2018-09-01). "Caught in the act: Incipient speciation across a latitudinal gradient in a semifossorial mammal from Madagascar, the mole tenrec Oryzorictes hova (Tenrecidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 126: 74–84. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.024. ISSN 1055-7903. PMID 29501374.

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