Desman

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Desmanini[1]
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Russian Desman (Desmana moschata)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Talpidae
Subfamily: Talpinae
Tribe: Desmanini
Thomas, 1912
Genera & Species

The desman, a snouted and naked-tailed diving insectivore of the tribe Desmanini, belongs to one of two Eurasian species of the mole family, Talpidae.

This tribe consists of two monotypic genera of semiaquatic insectivores found in Europe; one in Russia and the other in the Pyrenees. Both species are considered to be vulnerable. They have webbed paws and their front paws are not well adapted for digging.

The list of species is:

In the media[edit]

The bare snout of Galemys pyrenaicus

In popular culture[edit]

One of the main characters in Noah's Island, Sasha, is a friendly but simple-minded desman known for the catchphrase "Oisky Poisky".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.