Desman is a common name given to two of aquatic, insectivorous mammals that are found in and . They are members of the family , which also includes moles, , and other .

The two of desman are the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus), which is found in the Pyrenees in , , and , and the Russian desman (Desmana moschata), which is found in and neighboring countries.

Desmans are adapted to life in aquatic environments, with and a long, pointed snout that is used to locate and capture small aquatic invertebrates such as and crustaceans. They have a waterproof fur that helps them to stay warm and dry in cold, wet environments.

Both of desman are considered to be threatened or endangered due to , , and other activities. They are protected under national and conservation laws, and efforts are underway to conserve their habitats and populations.

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