Sepia short-tailed opossum

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Sepia short-tailed opossum[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Monodelphis
Species: M. adusta
Binomial name
Monodelphis adusta
(Thomas, 1897)
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Sepia short-tailed opossum range

The sepia short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis adusta) is a species of opossum in the family Didelphidae. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.[2]

Its habitat consists of different types of forests up to 2200 meters above sea level, as well as grasslands. It rains about 5 m annually so they find ways to remain above the water. The opossum hunts invertebrates on the ground, but remains of beetles and small frogs have also been seen. They are nocturnal and live in tree holes.[3]

Its fur is dark brown, and is distinctive from other species of the genus by having no streaks on its trunk.


  1. ^ Gardner, A. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Solari, S. & Tirira, D. (2008). "Monodelphis adusta". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. "Order Didelphimorphia: Family Didelphidae." Mammals of South America. Vol. 1. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007. 85-86.