Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Soricomorpha

Soricomorpha (shrews, moles, desmans, and relatives)

Synonyms: Insectivora

Wikipedia Abstract

The order Soricomorpha ("shrew-form") is a taxon within the class of mammals. In the past it formed a significant group within the former order Insectivora. However, Insectivora was shown to be polyphyletic and various new orders were split off from it, including Afrosoricida (tenrecs and golden moles), Macroscelidea (elephant shrews), and Erinaceomorpha (hedgehogs and gymnures), with just the four families shown here remaining. Insectivora was left empty and disbanded.
View Wikipedia Record: Soricomorpha


Apternodontidae (12)
Changlelestidae (1)
Micropternodontidae (15)
Nesophontidae (nesophontid insectivores) (9)
Nyctitheriidae (57)
Parapternodontidae (1)
Plesiosoricidae (18)
Proscalopidae (9)
Solenodontidae (solenodons) (4)   (1)
Soricidae (shrews) (657)   (45)   (1)
Talpidae (desmans, moles, and relatives) (183)   (2)


Dinosorex (6)
Gobisorex (2)
Quercysorex (3)

(...) = Species count
(...) = Endangered count
(...) = Invasive count

External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0