McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum

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McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Philander
P. mcilhennyi
Binomial name
Philander mcilhennyi
Gardner & Patton, 1972
Mcilhenny's Four-eyed Opossum area.png
McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum range

McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum (Philander mcilhennyi) is an opossum species from South America.[2] It is found in Brazil and Peru. It is almost entirely black, except for white spots above each eye.

This species is named for John Stauffer "Jack" McIlhenny (1909-1997), a grandson of the founder of the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco sauce. He funded the 1968 Louisiana State University expedition that discovered the species.


  1. ^ Patton, J. L. & Bantel, C. G. (2008). "Philander mcilhennyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  2. ^ 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. 16. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.

External links[edit]

  • John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.
  • Maggie Heyn Richardson, "Rara avis", Imagine Louisiana magazine, Spring 2007, pp. 46–48.