|Dobson's shrew tenrec (Nesogale dobsoni)|
Photo (C) Peter J. Stephenson
The study confirmed the web-footed tenrec (Limnogale mergulus) is nested in the genus Microgale and should henceforth be referred to as M. mergulus.
However, the authors also suggest resurrecting the generic name Nesogale for two species hitherto placed in Microgale. These are Dobson's shrew tenrec (N. dobsoni) and Talazaci's shrew tenrec (N. talazaci). Support for this included a 4-codon deletion shared only by these two species and a separate 9-codon deletion lacking in these species but found in the remaining Microgale. They concluded that this lineage had diverged from other shrew tenrecs in the Miocene.
|Villous area of the placenta of Dobson's shrew|
tenrec (Nesogale dobsoni) stained for cytokeratin (brown)