Elephantulus edwardii (Cape rock elephant-shrew)
Kaapse klipklaasneus [Afrikaans]
Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia >
Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates) >
Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost
fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class:
Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia
(terrestrial vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota >
Synapsida (mammal-like reptiles) > Therapsida > Theriodontia
> Cynodontia > Mammalia (mammals)
> Placentalia (placental mammals) >
Macroscelidea (elephant-shrews) > Macroscelididae
Elephant shrews derive their name from the
elongated, highly mobile trunk-like snout. The nostrils are at the
tip. They have a very long, thinly tapering, pink tongue, that can
curl around the top of the muzzle to clean the fur. They have large
thin rounded ears, and a fairly long tail that is sparely haired
with a tuft at the end. They have large eyes that are surrounded by
a white eye ring. The hindlegs and feet are much larger than the
forelimbs. They walk around normally on all fours when searching for
food, but are capable of large kangaroo-like leaps when alarmed or
rapid locomotion is required.
Elephant-shrews occur singly or in pairs and
are usually active at night with reduced activity during the day.
The southwestern and central parts of the
Body Length 220- 288 mm; weight range 36 - 65 g
Insects and other invertebrates, with a
preference for ants and termites.
Currently this species is not threatened, but
there are threats from natural predators and loss of habitat.