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Brief Summary

    Erinaceidae: Brief Summary
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    Erinaceidae is a family in the order Eulipotyphla. Until recently, it was assigned to the order Erinaceomorpha, which has been subsumed with the paraphyletic Soricomorpha into Eulipotyphla. Eulipotyphla has been shown to be monophyletic; Soricomorpha is paraphyletic because Soricidae shared a more recent common ancestor with Erinaceidae than with other soricomorphs.

    Erinaceidae contains the well-known hedgehogs (subfamily Erinaceinae) of Eurasia and Africa and the gymnures or moonrats (subfamily Galericinae) of South-east Asia. This family was once considered part of the order Insectivora, but that polyphyletic order is now considered defunct.

Comprehensive Description

Morphology

    Morphology
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    Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry

Behavior

    Behavior
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    Perception Channels: tactile ; chemical

Reproduction

    Reproduction
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    Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual