The small family of elephant shrews
or sengis (order Macroscelidea) represents a monophyletic radiation endemic to Africa and which was long placed within the polyphyletic group 'Insectivora' (Rathbun & Rathbun, 2006).
Among the animals recorded were large, charismatic species including forest elephants, chimpanzees, buffalos and leopards but also smaller, lesser-known animals such as elephant shrews
, the mongoose-like cusimanse or kusimanse and the secretive African golden cat.
Strangest tidbit: Only primates, bats and elephant shrews
have menstrual periods.
As for their basic lifestyle, elephant shrews may be more like really mixed-up antelopes.
Elephant shrews, or sengis, are native to Africa and, like antelopes on the savanna, "run like the wind," Rathbun says.
The species that count the forest as habitat include the bushbaby, elephant shrews
and sunbirds, as well as hippos, elephants and lions.
Elephant shrews are divided into two categories - small, soft furred elephant shrews and giant elephant shrews.
Washington, Sept 21 (ANI): Biologists may have discovered a new species of giant elephant shrew in Kenya.
For example, elephant shrews
from Africa look like mice with long, pointy snouts.
Insectivores, elephant shrews
, tree shrews, and dermopterans, p.
This superorder, made up of several African lineages, lumped tenrecs and golden moles with such groups as elephant shrews
, aardvarks, hyraxes, elephants, and the slow, aquatic dugongs and manatees.
Markers in the DNA of modern animals, for example, link African creatures as diverse as elephants, elephant shrews
, and aardvarks to a common ancestor (SN: 1/6/01, p.