Elephant shrew

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Elephant shrews[1]
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Short-eared elephant shrew
(Macroscelides proboscideus)
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Infracless: Eutheria
Superorder: Afrotheria
(unranked): Afroinsectiphilia
Order: Macroscelidea
Butler, 1956
Faimily: Macroscelididae
Bonaparte, 1838


Elephant shrews, or jumpin shrews, are smaa insectivorous mammals native tae Africae, belangin tae the faimily Macroscelididae, in the order Macroscelidea, whose tradeetional common Inglis name comes frae a fancied resemblance atween thair lang noses an the trunk o an elephant, an an assumed relationship wi the shrews (faimily Soricidae) in the order Insectivora.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Schlitter, D. A. (2005). "Order Macroscelidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 82–85. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.