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Northern Red-sided Opossum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Monodelphis
Species: M. brevicaudata
Binomial name
Monodelphis brevicaudata
(Erxleben, 1777)

The Northern Red-sided Opossum, Monodelphis brevicaudata, is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil. French Guyana, Guyana, Surinam and Venezuela.


They live in forested areas, but are poor climbers and stay on the forest floor. They are nocturnal and during the day they build nests in hollow logs or tree trunks. Their diet consists of seeds, shoots and fruits, insects, carrion and some small rodents. [3]

Litters of up to 14 young are born any time during the year. They have no pouch so the young cling to the mother's fur and nipples and ride on her back when older .[3]


  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. 14. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.  
  2. ^ Catzeflis, F., Costa, P., Lew, D. & Soriano, P. (2008). Monodelphis brevicaudata. 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. ^ a b Dr. Whitfield, Philip.The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Animals, New York:Marshall Editions Development Limited, 1998. pg 21.

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