Big-eared opossum

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Big-eared opossum[1]
Didelphis aurita photo-Christian Roger Dockhorn.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Didelphis
D. aurita
Binomial name
Didelphis aurita
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Big-eared opossum range

The big-eared opossum (Didelphis aurita) also known as a saruê[3][4] is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.[1]

This species, which was considered a population of the common opossum (D. marsupialis) for some time, was originally described as D. azarae by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1824, but this name was incorrectly given to the white-eared opossum (D. albiventris) for over 160 years. As such, the name azarae has been abandoned.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gardner, A.L. (2005). "Order Didelphimorphia". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Astua de Moraes, D.; de la Sancha, N. & Costa, L. (2015). "Didelphis aurita". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T40500A22175929. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T40500A22175929.en. Retrieved 19 July 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Jane Elizabeth Kraus: FAUNA E FLORA NO CAMPUS: da Cidade Universitária Armando de Salles Oliveira, EDUSP - Editora da Universidade de São Paulo 2005, ISBN 978-85-314-0879-3, p. 124
  4. ^ Tania Kobler Brazil: Catálogo da fauna terrestre de importância médica na Bahia SciELO - EDUFBA, 2010. ISBN 978-85-232-0729-8, p. 191

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