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The Pyrenean Desman
is a small semi-aquatic mammal that lives in the Pyrenees
The Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain...
to the Iberian peninsula
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. The Pyrenean Desman is in the monotypic genus
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. The Pyrenean Desman lives in mountain stream
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The desmans or tribe Desmanini are one of several tribes of the mole family Talpidae.This tribe consists of two species of semiaquatic insectivores found in Europe; one in Russia and the other in the Pyrenees. Both species are considered to be vulnerable...
lives in pairs. It is 11 to 16 cm (4.3 to 6.3 in) long with a tail of 12 to 16 cm (4.7 to 6.3 in). It weighs 35 to 80 g (1.2 to 2.8 oz). The Pyrenean Desman can live at least 3.5 years.
ARKive is a global initiative with the mission of "promoting the conservation of the world's threatened species, through the power of wildlife imagery", which it does by locating and gathering films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species into a centralised digital archive. Its...
- images and movies of the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus)