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Observed: 18th April 2012 By: GraceLMGraceLM’s reputation in MammalsGraceLM’s reputation in Mammals
week 4 (8)
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Common or tailless tenrec

The only tenrec (or hedgehog looking mammal) found on Mauritius.

These are weird creatures they have a cloaca similar to birds and reptiles; also their body temperature is much lower than other mammals.

Graham Banwell

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Unusual or unique?

Wikipedia says:

"Unusual among placental mammals, the anus and urogenital tracts of tenrecs share a common opening, or cloaca, a feature more commonly seen in birds, reptiles, and amphibians."

Note "Unusual" --- Is this condition indeed "unusual" among placental mammals, or unique among placental mammals? If not unique, what other groups of mammals have a cloaca?