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An insectivore is an organism that primarily eats insects. Insectivores have historically been amphibians, reptiles, small dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and even some plants (like the Venus flytrap or pitcher plant). However, Insectivora, also known as Eulipotyphla, is also used as the named of an order of placental mammals within the super-order Laurasiatheria that contains hedgehogs, moonrats and gymnures, shrews (but not the tree shrew), desmans, moles, shrew moles, solenodons, and the extinct West Indian shrews. The order used to contain golden moles, tenrecs, elephant shrews (these three are now in Afrotheria), treeshrews, and colugos (these two are more closely related to primates).

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