Brown-eared Woolly Opossum

Brown-eared Woolly Opossum

Taxobox | name = Brown-eared Woolly Opossum
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
trend = unknown
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
infraclassis = Marsupialia
ordo = Didelphimorphia
familia = Caluromyidae
genus = "Caluromys"
subgenus = "Mallodelphys"
species = "C. lanatus"
binomial = "Caluromys lanatus"
binomial_authority = (Olfers, 1818)
subdivision_ranks = Subspecies
subdivision =
*"Caluromys lanatus cicur"
*"Caluromys lanatus lanatus"
*"Caluromys lanatus nattereri"
*"Caluromys lanatus ochropus"
*"Caluromys lanatus orntus"
*"Caluromys lanatus vitalinus"

The Brown-eared Woolly Opossum ("Caluromys lanatus"), also known as the Ecuadoran or Western Woolly Opossum, is a woolly opossum species from South America. It is restricted to moist forests.

Just like any other member of the "Caluromys" genus, the Brown-eared Woolly Opossum is a strongly arboreal species of marsupial, differing from other Didelphidae opossums for having a comparatively large encephalization quotient and smaller litter size. The tail is long and heavy in more than half of its extension.

It feeds on fruits, nectar, invertebrates and small vertebrates.


*John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.

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