Little woolly mouse opossum

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Little woolly mouse opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Marmosa
Subgenus: Micoureus
Species: M. phaea
Binomial name
Marmosa phaea
(Thomas, 1899)
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Little woolly mouse opossum range
Synonyms

Micoureus phaeus (Thomas, 1899)

The little woolly mouse opossum (Marmosa phaea) is a nocturnal, arboreal and mainly solitary South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae.[2] It is native to the western slopes of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, where it lives at altitudes from sea level to 1500 m.[1] It primarily inhabits lowland rainforest and montane cloud forest, although it has been reported from dry forest in the southern end of its range.[1] It was formerly assigned to the genus Micoureus, which was made a subgenus of Marmosa in 2009.[3] Its conservation status is Vulnerable, due to habitat fragmentation and continuing loss of habitat via urbanization and conversion to agriculture.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Solari, S. & Patterson, B. (2011). "Marmosa phaea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 13. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Voss, R. S.; Jansa, S. A. (2009). "Phylogenetic relationships and classification of didelphid marsupials, an extant radiation of New World metatherian mammals". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 322: 1–177. doi:10.1206/322.1. Retrieved 2012-01-18.