Didelphinae

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Didelphinae[1][2]
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Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in Ohio.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Gray, 1821
Genera

Chacodelphys
Chironectes
Cryptonanus
Didelphis
Gracilinanus
Hyladelphys
Lestodelphys
Lutreolina
Marmosa
Marmosops
Metachirus
Monodelphis
Philander
Thylamys
Tlacuatzin

Didelphinae is a subfamily of opossums consisting of 15 genera and 98 species, 1 extinct.[2][3][4] Specimens have been collected throughout the Americas but are predominant in South and Central America.[5]

Some sources call this subfamily the "American opossums",[2][6] while others use that term for the whole family of opossums, Didelphidae.[1] The term is redundant, though, since all opossums are native to the Americas, while their taxonomic cousins the possums are native to Australia.

Classification[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Les marsupiaux du Tertiaire d'Europe.
  • Phylogenetic studies on didelphid marsupials II. Nonmolecular data and new IRBP sequences: Separate and combined analyses of didelphine relationships with denser taxon sampling.
  • New didelphine marsupials from La Venta fauna (Miocene) of Colombia, South America.
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