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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Scandentia
Family:Tupaiidae
Genus:Anathana
Genus species:Anathana ellioti

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:16-18 cm
Identification:The mandras tree shrew is brown with a pale stripe on each shoulder. Its ears are relatively large.
Habitat:Rain forests, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: insects, fruit
Reproduction:Gestation of mandras tree shrews is about 45 days. The female gives birth over a period of 1-5 days, while the male is busy making a nest made of up to 400 leaves. Usually two young are born, but it may be 1-3. The young leave the nest when they are four weeks old.
The mandras tree shrew is mainly solitary, but some are gregarious, living in family groups.
Behavior:Mandras tree shrews are arboreal and terrestrial and are most active at night.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Mandras tree shrews are one of several species that are currently giving taxonomists troubles. They used to be classified as primates because they are arboreal and their eyes are located in the front of their heads. However, scientists have also put them with insectivores because of their diet. They will most likely end up as part of a new order.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern parts of Central Asia Date:1966-01 Subjects:insectivore
Mandras tree shrew
Tupaiidae
Scandentia
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata