Isthmian mouse opossum


Isthmian mouse opossum
Isthmian Mouse Opossum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Marmosa
Species: M. isthmica
Binomial name
Marmosa isthmica
Goldman, 1912

The Isthmian Mouse Opossum (Marmosa isthmica) is a species of opossum in the family Didelphidae found in Colombia and Panama.[1]

Foraging along branches and vines for fruit and insects, with the help of a prehensile tail, M. isthmica was formerly considered a subspecies of Robinson's Mouse Opossum (Marmosa robinsoni) and is supposed to be similar to it in habit, but following Rossi (2005) it is now deemed a species.[2]

In 1935 in the Panama Canal Zone, Enders observed Marmosa isthmica to build nests with leaves in a nestbox fixed to a tree.[3]


References

  1. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. (March 1, 2008). Mammals of South America, Volume 1: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats. University of Chicago Press. pp. 669 (see p. 59). ISBN 978-0226282404. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dbU3d7EUCm8C&pg=PA59. 
  2. ^ Fiona Reid, A field guide to the mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico (2009), p. 50
  3. ^ Papéis avulsos de zoologia: vol. 41 (1999), Issues 1-14, p. 177