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.

References

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