Short-eared possum

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Short-eared possum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Trichosurus
Species: T. caninus
Binomial name
Trichosurus caninus
(Ogilby, 1836)
Short-eared possum range

The short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) is a species of marsupial in the Phalangeridae family. It is endemic to Australia.[2]

Found north of Sydney the species was once classed as a mountain brushtail possum for which is its closest relative.

In the wild they can live up to 17 years of age, have a stable territory and invest a lot of energy rearing their young.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 49. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Menkhorst, P., Denny, M., Winter, J. & Ellis, M. (2008). Trichosurus caninus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ "A tail of two possums.". Melbourne: Geoff Strong. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-05.