Soricomorpha (from Greek "shrew-form") is a formerly used taxon within the class of mammals. In the past it formed a significant group within the former order Insectivora. However, Insectivora was shown to be polyphyletic and various new orders were split off from it, including Afrosoricida (tenrecs and golden moles), Macroscelidea (elephant shrews), and Erinaceomorpha (hedgehogs and gymnures), with the four remaining extant and recent families of Soricomorpha shown here then being treated as a separate order. Insectivora was left empty and disbanded.
Temporal range: Early Paleocene–Recent
|Southern short-tailed shrew|
Subsequently, Soricomorpha itself was shown to be paraphyletic, because Soricidae shared a more recent common ancestor with Erinaceidae than with other soricomorphs. The combination of Soricomorpha and Erinaceidae, referred to as order Eulipotyphla, has been shown to be monophyletic.
- Family Soricidae (shrews)
- Family Talpidae: (moles and close relatives)
- Family Solenodontidae: solenodons (rare primitive eulipotyphlans of the Caribbean; two extant species)
- Family † Nesophontidae: West Indian shrews (recently extinct eulipotyphlans of the Caribbean)
- Family † Heterosoricidae
- Family † Nyctitheriidae
- genus †Yuanqulestes
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