Short-eared possum

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Short-eared possum[1]
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Trichosurus
T. caninus
Binomial name
Trichosurus caninus
(Ogilby, 1836)
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Short-eared possum range

The short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) is a species of marsupial in the family Phalangeridae endemic to Australia.[2] Found north of Sydney, the species was once classed as a mountain brushtail possum, which is its closest relative.

In the wild, they can live up to 17 years of age, have a stable territory, and invest significant energy rearing their young.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Menkhorst, P.; Denny, M.; Winter, J. & Ellis, M. (2008). "Trichosurus caninus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^ "A tail of two possums". Melbourne: Geoff Strong. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-05.