Moonrat

Moonrat

 

(Echinosorex gymnurus), a mammal of the hedgehog family. It resembles a large shrew. Its body is covered with hair, and its face extends into a snout. The tail is long, hairless, and covered with scales. The head and neck are whitish, and the rest of the body is black. The body reaches a length of 45 cm, the tail 20-21 cm. It has 44 teeth. The moonrat is found in Thailand and on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. It seeks shelter under tree roots, breeds year around, and eats various insects. The moonrat has a gland whose secretion emits an unpleasant garlicky odor.

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A moonrat. There were regulars: the flying squirrels, palm and Malay civets and the gorgeously decorated banded civet and most nights we saw the small, exquisitely patterned leopard cat.
The two very different Erinaceidae are Moonrat and the lively diurnal Hylomys, the latter not unusually met busily fossicking in the leaf litter in high altitude forests of northern Borneo.
The following insectivores are likely declining: the moonrat and masked palm civet found in Malaysia (Pasoh Forest Reserve), the banded mongoose, four-toed elephant shrew and checkered elephant shrew found in Tanzania (Udzungwa), the northern tamandua found in Costa Rica (Volcan Barva) and large tree shrew found in Indonesia (Bukit Barisan).
With: Headliners Quintron and Miss Pussycat (electronic dance music with puppets), with Moonrat opening