Long-nosed caenolestid

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Long-nosed caenolestid
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Paucituberculata
Family: Caenolestidae
Genus: Rhyncholestes
Osgood, 1924
Species: R. raphanurus
Binomial name
Rhyncholestes raphanurus
(Osgood, 1924)
Chilean Caenolestid area.png
Long-nosed caenolestid range

The long-nosed caenolestid (Rhyncholestes raphanurus), or long-nosed shrew opossum, is one of six surviving species of shrew opossum.[2] It is a small marsupial that lives in old growth evergreen temperate forests in Chile and Argentina. It is unique among shrew opossums and, as such, is the only species in its genus, Rhyncholestes.

It is a vulnerable species included in the Red List of threatened species.


  1. ^ Diaz, M. & Teta, P. (2008). Rhyncholestes raphanurus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as near threatened
  2. ^ Gardner, A. L. (2005). "Order Paucituberculata". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 

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