Black-shouldered opossum

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Black-shouldered Opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Infraclass:Marsupialia
Order:Didelphimorphia
Family:Didelphidae
Subfamily:Caluromyinae
Genus:Caluromysiops
Sanborn, 1951
Species:C. irrupta
Binomial name
Caluromysiops irrupta
Sanborn, 1951
Black-shouldered Opossum range
 
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Black-shouldered Opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Infraclass:Marsupialia
Order:Didelphimorphia
Family:Didelphidae
Subfamily:Caluromyinae
Genus:Caluromysiops
Sanborn, 1951
Species:C. irrupta
Binomial name
Caluromysiops irrupta
Sanborn, 1951
Black-shouldered Opossum range

The Black-shouldered Opossum (Caluromysiops irrupta), also known as the White-eared Opossum is an opossum species from South America. It's found in multistrata evergreen Amazonian forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. It is in the monotypic genus Caluromysiops.

It's a rare animal species and, probably, highly arboreal. When in captivity they can feed on fruits and small rodents. In the wild, they also feed on nectar, serving as pollinators. Black-shouldered opossums are lethargic canopy dwellers that feed on fruit and nectar. It feeds on the abundant fruit and nectar of its tropical forest home.

This species is considered one of the large opossums, with a head-body length of about 28 cm with a 30 cm tail. Two stripes from the front feet along the back to the rear feet distinguish the type. The forelimbs are longer than the hindlimbs. Like many tree-dwelling mammals this opossum has a prehensile tail for clinging to branches, and large, protruding eyes.

References

  1. ^ Patterson, B. & Solari, S. (2008). Caluromysiops irrupta. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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