ⓘ Urotrichini

                                     

ⓘ Urotrichini

Urotrichini is a tribe of the mole family, and consists of Japanese and American shrew-moles. They belong to the Old World moles and relatives branch of the mole family. There are only two species, each of which represents its own genus. The name "shrew-moles" refers to their morphological resemblance to shrews, while generally being thought of as "true moles". The species are the Japanese shrew mole, Trues shrew mole and American shrew mole.

In Japan, the word "Himizu" ヒミズ can refer to the Japanese shrew mole, in particular, and Urotrichini in General, when the truths of the shrew mole is distinguished from the General Himizu forms, feminine diminutive of the word "Hime" is added to denote the smaller size of this species. Although they are common in Japan, their Alpine meadows, small size and secretive lifestyle makes them largely unknown except among some mountain men and explorers.

                                     
  • investigator Chinese shrew mole Uropsilus soricipes Two species in the tribe Urotrichini or himizu, native to Japan: Japanese shrew mole Urotrichus talpoides
  • from Hokkaido, which is north of Blakiston s Line. It is one of three Urotrichini and it is the only species in the genus Urotrichus. It is common between
  • occidentalis Roman mole, Talpa romana Balkan mole, Talpa stankovici Tribe Urotrichini Genus Dymecodon True s shrew mole, Dymecodon pilirostris Genus Urotrichus
  • from other shrew moles, Neurotrichus gibbsii of North America, and the Urotrichini or Japanese shrew moles, both of which are morphologically quite different
  • mole. It is not closely related to the Asian shrew mole Uropsilus in Urotrichini The reason that it is called a shrew mole instead of being called
  • desman, D. moschata Genus Galemys Pyrenean desman, G. pyrenaicus Tribe Urotrichini - Japanese shrew moles Genus Dymecodon True s shrew mole, D. pilirostris