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Lipotyphla is an invalid order of mammals, including the members of the order Eulipotyphla (i.e. the solenodons (family Solenodontidae); hedgehogs and gymnures (family Erinaceidae); desmans, moles, and shrew moles (family Talpidae); and true shrews (family Soricidae)) and two other families of the former order Insectivora, Chrysochloridae (golden moles) and Tenrecidae (tenrecs). However, molecular studies found the golden moles and tenrecs to form a different order, Afrosoricida, what made Lypotyphla an invalid order and gave rise to the notion of Eulypotyphla instead.