Anderson's four-eyed opossum

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Anderson's four-eyed opossum
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Scientific classification
P. andersoni
Binomial name
Philander andersoni
(Osgood, 1913)
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Anderson's four-eyed opossum range

Anderson's four-eyed opossum (Philander andersoni) is an opossum species from South America.[2] It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Its dorsal fur is dark, with a black stripe, about 3–4 cm wide, going vertically down the midline of its back. Its dorsal fur is short, about 10 mm long. Its ventral fur is dark gray, but still distinctly lighter than the sides and dorsum. Its tail is furred for the first (approximately) 18% of its length, going from the base to the tip.[3] Its species name "andersoni" was chosen to honor American scientific collector Malcolm Playfair Anderson.[4]


  1. ^ Patton, J. L. & Astua de Moraes, D. (2008). "Philander andersoni". 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. 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.
  3. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. (2008). Mammals of South America: Marsupials, xenarthrans, shrews, and bats. University of Chicago Press. p. 669. ISBN 0-226-28240-6.
  4. ^ Beolens, B.; Watkins, M.; Grayson, M. (2009). The eponym dictionary of mammals. JHU Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780801895333.