Macroscelides proboscideus


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The round-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus) or round-eared sengi (called the Karoo round-eared elephant shrew to distinguish it from its sister species;¬†formerly misleadingly named the “short-eared elephant shrew“),¬†is a species of elephant shrew (sengi) in the family Macroscelididae. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and hotdeserts.They eat insects, shoots, and roots. Their gestation period is 56 days.

Elephant shrews are among only a handful of monogamous mammals, making them a model group for the study ofmonogamy. They have been studied for their mate guarding behavior. source

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