Big-eared opossum

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Big-eared opossum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Genus: Didelphis
Species: D. aurita
Binomial name
Didelphis aurita
Wied-Neuwied, 1826
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Big-eared Opossum range

The big-eared opossum (Didelphis aurita) is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.[1]

This species, which was considered a population of the common opossum (D. marsupialis) for some time, was originally described as D. azarae by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1824, but this name was incorrectly given to the white-eared opossum (D. albiventris) for over 160 years. As such, the name azarae has been abandoned.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gardner, A. L. (2005). "Order Didelphimorphia". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Astua de Moraes, D., de la Sancha, N. & Costa, L. (2011). "Didelphis aurita". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2012.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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