McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum

McIlhenny's four-eyed opossum
McIlhenny's Four-eyed Opossum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Genus: Philander
Species: P. mcilhennyi
Binomial name
Philander mcilhennyi
Gardner & Patton, 1972
McIlhenny's Four-eyed Opossum range

McIlhenny's Four-eyed Opossum, Philander mcilhennyi, is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Brazil and Peru. It is almost entirely black, except for white spots above each eye.

This species is named for John Stauffer "Jack" McIlhenny (1909-1997), a grandson of the founder of the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco sauce. He funded the 1968 Louisiana State University expedition that discovered the species.


  1. ^ Patton, J. L. & Bantel, C. G. (2008). Philander mcilhennyi. 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