Catalog Number: USNM 461068
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Preparation: Skull; Remainder in Fluid
Year Collected: 1936
Locality: Itatiaya [= Itatiaia], Campo Bello, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America
- Lectotype: Miranda-Ribeiro, A. 1936 Jun 20. Revista Do Museu Paulista. 20: 421.
Southern red-sided opossum
This opossum has small rounded ears, a long pointed nose and a tail which is half as long as its body. The head, neck and foreparts are grey, the back is dark brown and the rump is reddish. It has short fur and the males are larger than the females. It is terrestrial and mainly feeds on insects, although it will also eat small vertebrates and fruit. Unlike most marsupials, the female has no pouch for the developing young. They cling to the mother’s nipples and when they are older, ride on her back and flanks.
It is also called the Shrewish Short-tailed Opossum, or Dwarf Short-tailed Opossum.
- Gardner, A. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 15. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
- Vieira, E., Astua de Moraes, D. & Brito, D. (2008). Monodelphis sorex. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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