Galegeeska revoilii (Hüet, 1881:96)

Somali sengi, Somali elephant shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Elephantulus revoilii (Huet, 1881); Elephantulus revoili (Huet, 1881) [orth. error]; Macrocelides revoilii Huet, 1881


Conservation Status

Last record is before 1968.

Since rediscovered (Heritage et al., 2020)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Somalia (northern)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hüet, J. (1881). Description d’une nouvelle espèce de Macroscélide. Bulletin de la Société Philomathique de Paris (7) 5: 95-100

Other references:

Corbet, G. B. and Hanks, J. (1968). A revision of the elephant-shrews, family Macroscelididae. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Zoology) 16: 1-111.

Heritage, Steven Wade. (2021). Bayesian Phylogenetic Assessments for Enigmatic Taxa from Three Lineages of African Placental Mammals. PhD thesis, Stony Brook University. [Preview]

Heritage, Steven Wade, Rayaleh, H., Awaleh, D. G. and Rathbun, G. B. (2020). New records of a lost species and a geographic range expansion for sengis in the Horn of Africa. PeerJ 8: e9652.

Kennerley, R.J., Lacher, T.E. Jr., Mason, V., McCay, S., Roach, N., Stephenson, P.J., Superina, M. and Young, R.P. (2018). Conservation priorities and actions for the Orders Cingulata, Pilosa, Afrosoricida, Macroscelidea, Eulipotyphla, Dermoptera and Scandentia, pp. 15-27. In: Wilson, D. E. and Mittermeier, R. A. (eds.). Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 8. Insectivores, Sloths and Colugos. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions.

Krásová, Jarmila et al. (2021). The Rufous Sengi is not Elephantulus—Multilocus reconstruction of evolutionary history of sengis from the subfamily Macroscelidinae. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. [Abstract]

Rathbun, G. B. (2015). Elephantulus revoilii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T7137A21290721. Downloaded on 25 April 2017.

Stephenson, P. J. (2017). Small mammal monitoring: why we need more data on the Afrotheria. Afrotherian Conservation 13: 34-42.


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