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; suborder Lipotyphla, superfamily Soricoidea)

A family of fairly large (about 30 cm long), nocturnal insectivores in which the hair is coarse and the tail is long and scaly. Each limb bears five digits with large, strong claws. The upper molars are zalambdodont, a feature that distinguishes them from other insectivores but which they share with the Tenrecidae. There are two species, Solenodon paradoxus, occurring only in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (Hispaniola Island), and S. cubanus, in Cuba, the latter sometimes being placed in a separate genus, Atopogale.

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