Tyler's mouse opossum

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Tyler's mouse opossum[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Genus: Marmosa
Subgenus: Marmosa
Species: M. tyleriana
Binomial name
Marmosa tyleriana
Tate, 1931
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Tyler's mouse opossum range

Tyler's mouse opossum (Marmosa tyleriana) is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae.[2] It lives in rainforests of the Guiana Highlands of southern Venezuela at elevations between 1300 and 2200 m.[1] The species has only been found on three isolated tepuis (Auyantepui, Marahuaca and Sarisariñama).[1] All three of these locations are in protected areas (Canaima, Duida-Marahuaca and Jaua-Sarisariñama national parks).

The Latin species name refers to the habitat in which the opossum was first found, a Tyleria forest. In turn, both the genus Tyleria and the opossum's common name refer to Sidney F .Tyler, an American historian and photographer who helped finance the 1928-29 expedition of the American Museum of Natural History to the headwaters of the Orinoco, during which the opossum was discovered.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lew, D., Pérez-Hernandez, R., Gutiérrez, E., Ventura, J. & López Fuster, M. (2011). "Marmosa tyleriana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2012.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is data deficient
  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. pp. 9–10. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2009-09-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 421. ISBN 978-0801893049. OCLC 270129903.