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Rhynchocyon petersi by Arashii494 Rhynchocyon petersi by Arashii494
Rhynchocyon petersi, the "Black and rufous elephant shrew"

It is one of the seventeen species of elephant shrews, whose are only found in Africa. Adults gain an averange lenght of
11 Inches. Its food includes various beetles and spiders, supplementing with fruits and seeds.

It occupies evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, dense woodlands, coral rag scrub, and abandoned and overgrown agricultural lands with closed canopies where a thick layer of leaf litter accumulates. In recent years, these habitats have become increasingly fragmented, isolated, and small. However, they do seem able to persist in some areas where non-intensive agriculture is practised, provided there is good cover nearby.

Major Threat(s): Fragmentation and degradation of forested habitats due to urban and agricultural expansion is the major threat to this sengi (Nicoll and Rathbun 1990). Use of timber for woodcarving, firewood, and charcoal production, and hunting for food, are also threats, with charcoal production being the largest threat near towns. Given the life history similarities between the Golden-rumped Sengi and the Black and Rufous Sengi (Rathbun 1979), it is very likely that the latter is experiencing overall population declines due to habitat loss and degradation (Hanna and Anderson 1994). Although some hunting does take place, it does not appear to be a major threat to the species.
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Tyooky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting animal, and very well drawn!
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Arashii494 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! Yeah, I read about those years ago and they kind of fascinated me ^^
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