Nothing is known about the reproduction of M. kunsi. It is possible that these tiny opossums are promiscuous, similarly to many other members of the family Didelphidae. Generally, species in this group are solitary and interact with each other only for the purpose of mating.
Nothing is known about the reproductive behavior of Monodelphis kunsi. Since M. kunsi are in the infraclass Metatheria (marsupial mammals), they almost certainly have a short gestation period and young fairly undeveloped at birth, as these traits generally characterize this group of animals.
Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); viviparous
Nothing is known about the type of parental investment in Monodelphis kunsi. As in all mammals, lactating females nourish and protect the developing young.
Parental Investment: altricial ; pre-fertilization (Provisioning, Protecting: Female); pre-hatching/birth (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female); pre-weaning/fledging (Provisioning: Female, Protecting: Female)
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