Treeshrew

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Treeshrews
Temporal range: Palaeocene – present
Anathana ellioti.jpg
Madras treeshrew (Anathana ellioti)
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Scandentia

Wagner, 1855
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A treeshrew is a small mammal in the order Scandentia.

They live in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. They make up the families Tupaiidae and Ptilocercidae. There are 20 species in five genera.

Although called treeshrews, they are not true shrews, and are not all arboreal. Among other things, they eat Rafflesia fruit. They used to be classified in the Insectivora.