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Lutrine Opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Genus: Lutreolina
Thomas, 1910
Species: L. crassicaudata
Binomial name
Lutreolina crassicaudata
Desmarest, 1804
Subspecies

L. crassicaudata crassicaudata
L. crassicaudata paranalis
L. crassicaudata turneri

Range of Lutreolina crassicaudata

The Lutrine Opossum (Lutreolina crassicaudata), also known as Little Water Opossum or Thick-tailed Opossum, is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia and Guyana. Populations in the two last countries are isolated from the populations of all the other countries.

It is a very peculiar opossum, having a long weasel-like body and a dense reddish or yellowish fur. It also has a long tail and small rounded ears. It can be found in areas with permanent water bodies, in marshy or riparian habitats.

Lutrine Opossums are nocturnal animals and can swim and climb very well. They feed on fish, other small vertebrates and insects.

Subspecies

  • Lutreolina crassicaudata crassicaudata
  • L. crassicaudata paranalis
  • Lutreolina crassicaudata turneri

References

  1. ^ Lew, D., Patterson, B., Soliano, P., Delgado, C. & Solari, S. (2008). Lutreolina crassicaudata. 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
  • John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.
  • 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. 8. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.  
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