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Order : Insectivora
Family : Erinaceidae
Subfamily : Hylomyinae
Species : Echinosorex gymnura


The Gymnure, moonrat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the moonrat
A young / baby of a moonrat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A moonrat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Some facts about the

Adult weight : 1.25 kg (2.75 lbs)

Gestation : 37 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 2

Weight at birth : 0.015 kg (0.033 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 3 W

Body mass : 0.721 kg (1.5862 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

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Facts about the moonrat

A close cousin of the hedgehog, the Mindanao Moonrat is one species in this group that is already very rare.

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Not perturbed by this moderating influence he proceeded to send an innocent-looking Moonrat (is this possible?

Southeast Asia's furry Gymnures, or moonrats, are in the same family.

The Bullfrog & The Moonrat is growing on me, the more I listen to it, the more I like it.

The moonrat is a narrow animal the size of a house cat, with a long pointed muzzle.

The moonrat is notorious for its characteristic onion or rotten-garlic odor, produced by an anal glandular secretion.

moonrat is getting a new tattoo soon and her board inspired me to post this. (Full text)

MoonRat is not a member of any public groups (Full text)

Moonrats are widely distributed within their geographical range. (Full text)

The more primitive moonrats are long-legged and covered with soft, dense fur rather than spines. (Full text)

The Hainan moonrat is a member of the hedgehog family, and it frequently searches for prey in water, feeding on a range of crustaceans, mollusks, and even fish. (Full text)

Moonrats are essentially invisible foes, since they're rarely taken too seriously. (Full text)

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