Belonging to the same family as hedgehogs and gymnures, the Dinagat gymnure has stiff bristly or spiny fur on its back, which is generally golden brown with black speckling.
Little is known about the ecology of the species. The genus Podogymnura contains two species: P. aureospinula and P. truei, both of which are restricted to the southern Philippines. These species are thought to be most closely related to the moonrat (Echinosorex gymnura), which is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. The Dinagat gymnure occurs in both primary and secondary dipterocarp forests, but may be at risk from logging, slash-and-burn agriculture and mining
- Order: Eulipotyphla
- Family: Erinaceidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 190-211mm
The Dinagat gymnure occurs on the islands of Dinagat, Siargao and Bucas Grande in the Philippines.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in old growth lowland rainforest, second-growth forest and “bonsai” forest (a low productivity area with stunted trees which are not economically valuable). On all three islands, it appears to be moderately tolerant of habitat disturbance. On the Bucas Grande, the species occurs in disturbed forest on limestone, and in patchy area of forest adjacent to agricultural areas. Though it does not occur where good forest is not nearby, or in areas completely dominated by humans.