The biological order Insectivora in the past was used as a scrapbasket for a variety of small to very small, relatively unspecialized, insectivorous mammals. The taxonomy has been refined in recent years, and tree shrews, elephant shrews, and dermopterans[?] have now been placed in separate orders.
However, molecular evidence also indicates that golden moles and tenrecs[?] should be separated as a new order Afrosoricida comprising Chrysochloridae (golden moles) and Tenrecidae (tenrecs[?]).
This leaves the Insectivora containing only the families Soricidae, shrews; Erinaceidae, hedgehogs and allies; and Talpidae, moles.
- ORDER INSECTIVORA
- Family Erinaceidae[?]
- Subfamily Erinaceinae: hedgehogs
- Subfamily Hylomyinae: moonrats and gymnures
- Family Soricidae
- Subfamily Crocidurinae: white-toothed shrews
- Subfamily Soricinae: red-toothed shrews
- Family Talpidae[?]
- Subfamily Desmaninae: desmans
- Subfamily Talpinae: moles
- Subfamily Uropsilinae: Shrew Mole
Not to be confused with insectivores, not all of which belong to the Insectivora.
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