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Rhynchocyon petersi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Macroscelidea
Family: Macroscelididae
Genus: Rhynchocyon
Peters, 1847

Rhynchocyon chrysopygus
Rhynchocyon cirnei
Rhynchocyon petersi
Rhynchocyon udzungwensis

Rhynchocyon is a genus of elephant shrew (or sengi) in the family Macroscelididae.[1] Members of this genus are known colloquially as the checkered elephant shrews[2] or giant sengis.[3] It contains the following four species:


  1. ^ a b Schlitter, D.A. (2005). "Genus Rhynchocyon". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 84–85. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ ITIS.gov
  3. ^ FitzGibbon, C. & Rathbun, G. (2008). "Rhynchocyon chrysopygus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ AFP: Shrew's who: New mammal enters the book of life