Macroscelids are known as elephant shrews because of their long and narrow snouts. Living exclusively in Africa, they are small mammals with a head and body length between 95 and 315 mm, and tail length between 80 and 265 mm.

Keywords: Macroscelid; elephant shrew; mammal; phylogeny; evolution

Further Reading

MacDonald DW (1986) Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File Publications.

Walker EP (1975) Mammals of the World, 3rd edn, vol. I, pp. 134–140. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wilson DE and Reeder DM (eds) (1993) Mammal Species of the World, 2nd edn. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press and The American Society of Mammalogists.

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Montuire, Sophie(Apr 2001) Macroscelidea. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001568]