The desman, a snouted and naked-tailed diving insectivore of the tribe Desmanini (sometimes called a subfamily, Desmaninae), is one of two Talpidae found in Euraasia.

This tribe is made up of two monotypic semiaquatic insectivores found in Europe: one in and the other in the northwest of the Iberian peninsula and the Pyrenees.

Both are considered endangered.

They have webbed paws and front paws that are not well adapted for digging.

During the Miocene, Desmans were considerably more diversified and widespread, with just one , Gaillardia, existing in .

Both surviving are assumed to have descended from Archaeodesmana, a fossil .