Deltaic four-eyed opossum


Deltaic four-eyed opossum
Philander deltae
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Philander
Species: P. deltae
Binomial name
Philander deltae
Lew et al., 2006
Deltaic four-eyed opossum range

The deltaic four-eyed opossum (Philander deltae) is a species of opossum found in the Orinoco River delta region of Venezuela, South America, first described in 2006. It inhabits perennially flooded swamp forest or seasonally flooded marsh forest of the adjacent deltas of the Orinoco and nearby rivers.[1] Its dorsal fur is gray. Its ventral fur is cream-colored, but is restricted by the hairs on the sides, which are gray at the base. Its ears are colored only along the margins. The spots above its eyes are small. The spots behind its ears are small and inconspicuous.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Lew, D. & Soriano, P. (2008). Philander deltae. 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
  2. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. (2008). Mammals of South America: Marsupials, xenarthrans, shrews, and bats. University of Chicago Press. pp. 669. ISBN 0226282406. http://books.google.com/?id=dbU3d7EUCm8C.