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Index Insectivora

The order Insectivora (from Latin insectum "insect" and vorare "to eat") is a now-abandoned biological grouping within the class of mammals. [1]

36 relations: Afroinsectiphilia, Afrosoricida, Clade, Colugo, Desman, Elephant shrew, Erinaceidae, Eulipotyphla, Evolutionary grade, Golden mole, Gymnure, Hedgehog, Insectivore, Latin, Laurasiatheria, Lipotyphla, List of feeding behaviours, Mammal, Mole (animal), Monophyly, Myosoricinae, Nesophontes, Order (biology), Paraphyly, Placentalia, Red-toothed shrew, Shrew, Solenodon, Soricomorpha, Talpidae, Tenrec, Treeshrew, Tupaiidae, Uropsilus, Wastebasket taxon, White-toothed shrew.


The Afroinsectiphilia (African insectivores) is a clade that has been proposed based on the results of recent molecular phylogenetic studies.

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The order Afrosoricida (a Latin-Greek compound name which means "looking like African shrews") contains the golden moles of southern Africa and the tenrecs of Madagascar and Africa.

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A clade (from κλάδος, klados, "branch"), also known as monophyletic group, is a group of organisms that consists of a common ancestor and all its lineal descendants, and represents a single "branch" on the "tree of life".

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Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in Southeast Asia.

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The desman, a snouted and naked-tailed diving insectivore of the tribe Desmanini, belongs to one of two Eurasian species of the mole family, Talpidae.

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Elephant shrew

Elephant shrews, also called jumping shrews or sengis, are small insectivorous mammals native to Africa, belonging to the family Macroscelididae, in the order Macroscelidea. Their traditional common English name "elephant shrew" comes from a fancied resemblance between their long noses and the trunk of an elephant, and their superficial similarity with shrews (family Soricidae) in the order Eulipotyphla.

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Erinaceidae is a family in the order Eulipotyphla.

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Eulipotyphla ("truly fat and blind") is an order of mammals suggested by molecular methods of phylogenetic reconstruction, and includes the laurasiatherian members of the now-invalid polyphyletic order Lipotyphla, but not the afrotherian members (tenrecs and golden moles, now in their own order Afrosoricida).

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Evolutionary grade

In alpha taxonomy, a grade is a taxon united by a level of morphological or physiological complexity.

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Golden mole

Golden moles are small, insectivorous burrowing mammals endemic to Southern Africa, where their Afrikaans names are gouemolle or kruipmolle (singular gouemol or kruipmol).

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The gymnure, also called a hairy hedgehog or moonrat, is a type of mammal belonging to the subfamily Galericinae, in the family Erinaceidae and the order Eulipotyphla.

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A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, in the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae.

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robber fly eating a hoverfly An insectivore is a carnivorous plant or animal that eats insects.

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Latin (Latin: lingua latīna) is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages.

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Laurasiatheria is a clade of placental mammals that originated on the northern supercontinent of Laurasia 99 million years ago.

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Lipotyphla is a formerly used invalid order of mammals, including the members of the order Eulipotyphla (i.e. the solenodons, family Solenodontidae; hedgehogs and gymnures, family Erinaceidae; desmans, moles, and shrew-like moles, family Talpidae; and true shrews, family Soricidae) as well as two other families of the former order Insectivora, Chrysochloridae (golden moles) and Tenrecidae (tenrecs).

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List of feeding behaviours

Feeding is the process by which organisms, typically animals, obtain food.

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Mammals are the vertebrates within the class Mammalia (from Latin mamma "breast"), a clade of endothermic amniotes distinguished from reptiles (including birds) by the possession of a neocortex (a region of the brain), hair, three middle ear bones, and mammary glands.

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Mole (animal)

Moles are small mammals adapted to a subterranean lifestyle (i.e., fossorial).

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In cladistics, a monophyletic group, or clade, is a group of organisms that consists of all the descendants of a common ancestor.

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According to the current taxonomy, the Myosoricinae are a subfamily of shrews.

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Nesophontes, sometimes called West Indies shrews, is a genus of the extinct mammal family Nesophontidae in the order Eulipotyphla.

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Order (biology)

In biological classification, the order (ordo) is.

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In taxonomy, a group is paraphyletic if it consists of the group's last common ancestor and all descendants of that ancestor excluding a few—typically only one or two—monophyletic subgroups.

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Placentalia ("Placentals") is one of the three extant subdivisions of the class of animals Mammalia; the other two are Monotremata and Marsupialia.

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Red-toothed shrew

The red-toothed shrews of the subfamily Soricinae are one of three living subfamilies of shrews, along with Crocidurinae (white-toothed shrews) and Myosoricinae (African white-toothed shrews).

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A shrew (family Soricidae) is a small mole-like mammal classified in the order Eulipotyphla.

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Solenodons (meaning "slotted-tooth") are venomous, nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals belonging to the family Solenodontidae.

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Soricomorpha ("shrew-form") is a taxon within the class of mammals.

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The family Talpidae includes the moles, shrew moles, desmans, and other intermediate forms of small insectivorous mammals of the order Eulipotyphla.

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A tenrec is any species of mammal within the family Tenrecidae, found on Madagascar and in parts of the African mainland.

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The treeshrews (or tree shrews or banxrings) are small Euarchontoglire mammals native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.

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The Tupaiidae are one of two families of treeshrews, the other family being Ptilocercidae.

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The shrew moles (Uropsilus) are shrew-like members of the mole family of mammals endemic to the forested, high-alpine region bordering China, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

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Wastebasket taxon

Wastebasket taxon (also called a wastebin taxon, dustbin taxon or catch-all taxon) is a term used by some taxonomists to refer to a taxon that has the sole purpose of classifying organisms that do not fit anywhere else.

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White-toothed shrew

The white-toothed shrews or Crocidurinae are one of three subfamilies of the shrew family Soricidae.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insectivora

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