Bushy-tailed opossum

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Bushy-tailed Opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Glironiinae
Voss & Jansa (2009)
Genus: Glironia
Thomas, 1912
Species: G. venusta
Binomial name
Glironia venusta
Thomas, 1912
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Bushy-tailed Opossum range

The bushy-tailed opossum (Glironia venusta) is an opossum species from South America.[2] It is the only species in the Glironia genus and the Glironiinae subfamily of the family Didelphidae.[2] It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. [3]

Description[edit]

The bushy-tailed opossum is brown to grey colored with black stripes from nose through the eye to the head. A broad, prominent, dark brown to black stripe extends through each eye and gives the appearance of a mask. Its ears are oval, large, naked and black in color. Hand and feet are dull brown to gray colored.[3] It has a tail that is bushy with thick fur.[3] It weighs 195–225 grams (6.9–7.9 oz).[4] Its head to body length is 160–205 millimetres (6.3–8.1 in).[3]

Range and Habitat[edit]

The range of the bushy-tailed opossum is not well known. The bushy-tailed opossum is collected from the Amazonian region of Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. They have entered South America and Europe from North American near about 10-20 million years ago. After that they have been distinct in both of these regions.[5] It is an arboreal, nocturnal and solitary animal that lives in lowland rain forest and tropical dry forest at altitudes up to 500 m.[1]

Threat[edit]

The most common threat which has been noticed is destruction of forests.[1] As the bushy-tailed opossum lives in forest and removal of forest will cause the death of it.[6] Most of the forest have been burned or converted into an agriculture in these region which is the main cause of its distinction.

Diet[edit]

The diet probably consists of insects, fruits, seeds, and eggs.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Patterson, B. & Solari, S. (2008). "Glironia venusta". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 4. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ a b c d Larry, Marshall. "Glironia Venusta". Mammalian Species (Dec 29,1978): 1–3. 
  4. ^ "Bushy-tailed opossum (Glironia Venusta)". www.arkive.org. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Calzada, Javier; Delibes, Miguel; Keller, Claudia; Palomares, Francisco; Magnusson, William. "First Record of bushy-tailed opossum". http://www.scielo.br/. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Filho, Silva et al. "New Records of Glironia". Scielo (2007): 103–105.