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Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Thylamys
Species: T. elegans
Binomial name
Thylamys elegans
(Waterhouse, 1839)

The Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys elegans) is a species of opossum in the Didelphidae family. Its head-and-body length ranges from 106 to 121 millimeters. Its tail length ranges from 115 to 142 millimeters. Its tail is swollen (it stores fat in its tail) and has fine hairs all over it. Its fur color varies, but it usually ranges from light gray to light brown. The sides are lighter, and the ventral fur is white, possibly with gray or yellow mixed in. There is a dark patch suurounding each eye, extending towards the nose. Femlaes have been reported to have nineteen nipples. Females give birth to around eight to twelve (up to fifteen) young per litter. In Chile, the breeding season is from September to March, producing about two litters. An elegant fat-tailed mouse opossum makes nests in various places. It eats mainly arthropods and their larvae, but it also eats fruits, small vertebrates, and possibly carrion.[3] It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, at altitudes from sea level to 2500 m.[2]

References

  1. ^ Gardner, Alfred (2005-11-16). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 17. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3. 
  2. ^ a b Solari, S. & Teta, P. (2008). Thylamys elegans. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ Eisenberg, John Frederick; Redford, Kent Hubbard (1999). Mammals of the Neotropics: The Central Neotropics: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil. University of Chicago Press. pp. 669. ISBN 9780226195421. http://books.google.com/books?id=p2MDAzCeQQoC&source=gbs_navlinks_s. 
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