Insectivora


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In·sec·tiv·o·ra

(in'sek-tiv'ō-ră),
An order of small, plantigrade, placental mammals that are extremely active and often highly predaceous; they feed mostly on insects and small rodents, although the jes or potomogale of Africa feeds on fish. Eight living families include the solenodons of Cuba and Haiti, tenrecs of Madagascar, hedgehog of Europe and Asia, and shrews and moles of the U.S., Africa, and Asia.
[insect + L. voro, to devour]

Insectivora

(ĭn″sĕk-tĭv′ō-ră) [″ + vorare, to devour]
An order of small mammals, including moles and shrews.

Insectivora

the order of mammals containing insectivorous animals such as senrecs, moles, shrews and hedgehogs.
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Sampling over 2 years yielded 403 captures that included 222 individual mammals, representing 9 mammalian species of 6 families (Muridae, Soricidae, Sciuridae, Mustelidae, Procyonidae, and Didelphiidae) belonging to 4 orders (Rodentia, Insectivora, Carnivora, and Marsupialia).
piscivorus Lacepede, cottonmouth S Crotalus horridus Linnaeus, timber S rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus (Rafinesque), N eastern massasauga Hypothetical: Eumeces anthracinus (Baird), coal skink Regina grahami Baird & Girard, Graham's water snake Tropidoclonian lineatum (Hallowell), lined snake Extirpated: Farancia abacura (Holbrook), mud snake X CLASS MAMMALIA Order Didelphimorphia (American opossums) Family Didelphidae (opossums) Didelphis virginiana Kerr, opossum I Order Insectivora (shrews and moles) Family Soricidae (shrews) Blarina brevicauda (Say), short-tailed I shrew Cryptotis parva (Say), least shrew I Sorex cinereus Kerr, masked shrew N S.
The Insectivora consists of the moles and shrews, six species of which conceivably could occur in the Grand Calumet River area: four species of shrews and two of moles.