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Common shrew opossums[1]
C. fuliginosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Paucituberculata
Family: Caenolestidae
Genus: Caenolestes
Thomas, 1895
Type species
Hyracodon fuliginosus
Tomes, 1863

The common shrew opossums (genus Caenolestes), are members of the Caenolestidae family. They are found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The most recently discovered species is the eastern caenolestid.[2]


  1. ^ Gardner, A.L. (2005). "Genus Caenolestes". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Ojala-Barbour, R.; et al. (October 2013). "A new species of shrew-opossum (Paucituberculata: Caenolestide) with a phylogeny of extant caenolestids". Journal of Mammalogy. 94 (5): 967–982. doi:10.1644/13-MAMM-A-018.1.