Mondolfi's four-eyed opossum

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Mondolfi's four-eyed opossum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Philander
Species: P. mondolfii
Binomial name
Philander mondolfii
Lew, Pérez-Hernández & Ventura, 2006
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Mondolfi's four-eyed opossum range

Mondolfi's four-eyed opossum (Philander mondolfii) is a South American species of opossum found in Colombia and Venezuela, first described in 2006. It inhabits foothills of the Cordillera de Mérida and those on the eastern side of the Cordillera Oriental at elevations from 50 to 800 m.[1] Populations in the two ranges may represent distinct subspecies.[1] It is named after Venezuelan biologist Edgardo Mondolfi.[2][3] Its fur is short and woolly. Its dorsal fur is gray, and its ventral fur is cream-colored. Its ears are colored at the tips. The spots above its eyes are large and conspicuous. The spots behind its ears are smaller but still conspicuous.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Pérez-Hernandez, R.; Ventura, J.; López Fuster, M. (2016). "Philander mondolfii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T136202A22176945. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T136202A22176945.en. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ Maybaum, M. A. (2004-04-01). "Dr. Edgardo Mondolfi (1918-1999)". UNEP Global 500 Laureates. United Nations Environmental Program. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2009-09-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 282–283. ISBN 978-0-8018-9304-9. OCLC 270129903.
  4. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. (2008). Mammals of South America: Marsupials, xenarthrans, shrews, and bats. University of Chicago Press. pp. 669 (see p. 32). ISBN 0-226-28240-6.