Tate's woolly mouse opossum

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Tate's 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. paraguayana
Binomial name
Marmosa paraguayana
(Tate, 1931)
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Tate's woolly mouse opossum range

Micoureus paraguayanus
(Tate, 1931)
Micoureus travassosi
(Miranda-Ribeiro, 1936)

Tate's woolly mouse opossum (Marmosa paraguayana) is an omnivorous, arboreal South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae,[2] named after American zoologist George Henry Hamilton Tate.[3] It is native to Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The species lives in both primary and secondary forest, including forest fragments within grassland.[1] Insects are a major component of its diet.[1] It was formerly assigned to the genus Micoureus, which was made a subgenus of Marmosa in 2009.[4] While its conservation status is "least concern", its habitat is shrinking through urbanization and conversion to agriculture over much of its range.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Brito, D., Astua de Moraes, D., de la Sancha, N. & Flores, D. (2011). "Marmosa paraguayanus [sic]". 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. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2009-09-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 405. ISBN 978-0-8018-9304-9. OCLC 270129903. 
  4. ^ 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. hdl:2246/5975.