Elephant shrews

Elephant shrews

Order : Macroscelidea
Family : Macroscelididae
Genus : Rhynchocyon


Animals in the genus Rhynchocyon

Golden-rumped elephant shrew
Black and rufous elephant shrew
Facts about the genus Rhynchocyon, the elephant shrews

Some scientists think elephant shrews are related to, well, elephants!

Although Rhynchocyon is difficult to maintain, it has recently been bred in captivity.

Elephant shrews are endemic to Africa.

Elephant shrews are found in many habitats, from deserts and dry regions to grasslands and tropical forests.

Elephant shrews are terrestrial and are active during the day.

Four types of giant elephant shrews are found in East Africa and are mainly distinguished by their distinct color patterns; some have contrasting patches of color and others have bold white spots and black stripes.

In some (constituting the genus Rhyncocyon) the muzzle is so much prolonged as to resemble a proboscis, whence the name elephant-shrews is sometimes applied to the members of the family.

Rhynchocyon is diurnal in tropical rainforest.

Rhynchocyon is the world's largest elephant shrew and eats insects, primarily ants and termites.

Taxonomy The 15 living species of elephant-shrews are well-defined, and their taxonomy is considered nearly definitive (Corbet and Hanks 1968, Nicoll and Rathbun 1990).

The pregnancy period of elephant shrews is: smaller shrews, 1 12 months and larger shrews, 2 months.

The small insectivorous mammals native to Africa known as elephant shrews are neither elephants nor shrews and, more formally, are the members of the biological order Macroscelidea. (Wiki)

In some (constituting the genus Rhyncocyon) the muzzle is so much prolonged as to resemble a See also:PROBOSCISproboscis, whence, the name See also:ELEPHANTelephant-shrews is sometimes applied to the members of the family. (Full text)

This also indicates that the classification of elephant-shrews is not really clarified yet. (Full text)

Another striking feature of short-eared elephant-shrews is their long mobile snout (the "elephant trunk"). (Full text)

Short-eared elephant-shrews are small shrew-like looking animals, which belong to an own order of mammals (Macroscelidea). (Full text)

The confusion as to which species of Rhynchocyon is found south of the Rufiji River is easily explained by mistaken identification of the VERY similar R. (Full text)

The majority of Elephant shrews are forest dwellers that often live in burrows, ground depressions, rock crevices, termite mound crevices or under logs. (Full text)

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