The Erinaceidae is the sole living family of the Order Erinaceomorpha. Two
subfamilies are recognized:
Erinaceinae (about five genera and fifteen species, ranging across Africa and Europe and eastward through
Central Asia to the Pacific shores of southeastern Russia, China, and Korea), and Galericinae, the gymnures
and moonrat (about five genera and eight species, southwest China and Southeast Asia). Introduced forms
only present on New Zealand, the Canary Islands, the Orkney and Shetland Islands, and a number of
Mediterranean islands; native forms present on many other nearshore islands in Europe, the Mediterranean
and Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
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