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Didelphimorphia[1]
Fossil range: Late Cretaceous - Recent
Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana
Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Gill, 1872
Family: Didelphidae
Gray, 1821
Genera

Several; see text Geography of the US in the Late Cretaceous Period Late Cretaceous (100mya - 65mya) refers to the second half of the Cretaceous Period, named after the famous white chalk cliffs of southern England, which date from this time. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3024 × 2016 pixel, file size: 1,018 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) shot was taken though glass door I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Binomial name Didelphis virginiana (Kerr, 1792) The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found in North America. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. ... “Animalia” redirects here. ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria Mammals (class Mammalia) are warm-blooded, vertebrate animals characterized by the production of milk in female mammary glands and the presence of hair, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex region in the... Orders Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Sparassodonta (extinct) Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837 - 1914) was an American ichthyologist. ... John Edward Gray. ... For other uses of the word, please see Genus (disambiguation). ...

Opossum fur is quite soft, and was once commonly used in the bathtub as a sponge[citation needed].
Opossum fur is quite soft, and was once commonly used in the bathtub as a sponge[citation needed].

Didelphimorphia is the order of common opossums of the Western Hemisphere. Opossums probably diverged from the basic South American marsupials in the late Cretaceous or early Paleocene. A sister group is Paucituberculata (shrew opossums). They are commonly also called "possums," though that term is also applied to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes. Therefore calling them "possums" is techncially incorrect. The Virginia Opossum is the original animal named "opossum". The word comes from Algonquian wapathemwa, not Greek or Latin, so the plural is opossums. Colloquially, the Virginia opossum is frequently called simply possum. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1124x476, 547 KB) Virginia Opossum fur on display at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1124x476, 547 KB) Virginia Opossum fur on display at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. ... A dogs fur usually consists of longer, stiffer, guard hairs—which can be straight, wiry, or wavy, and of various lengths, hiding a soft, short-haired undercoat. ... In scientific classification used in biology, the order (Latin: ordo, plural ordines) is a rank between class and family (termed a taxon at that rank). ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Orders Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Sparassodonta (extinct) Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... The Cretaceous Period is one of the major divisions of the geologic timescale, reaching from the end of the Jurassic Period (i. ... The Paleocene, early dawn of the recent, is a geologic epoch that lasted from 65. ... Genera  Caenolestes  Lestoros  Rhyncholestes The biological order Paucituberculata contains the five surviving species of shrew opossum: small, shrew-like marsupials which are confined to the Andes mountains of South America. ... Genera  Caenolestes  Lestoros  Rhyncholestes The biological order Paucituberculata contains the five surviving species of shrew opossum: small, shrew-like marsupials which are confined to the Andes mountains of South America. ... Superfamilies and Families Phalangeroidea Burramyidae Phalangeridae Petauroida Pseudocheiridae Petauridae Tarsipedidae Acrobatidae A possum is any of about 63 small to medium-sized arboreal marsupials native to Australia. ... Binomial name Didelphis virginiana (Kerr, 1792) The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found in North America. ... The Algonquian (also Algonkian) languages are a subfamily of Native American languages that includes most of the languages in the Algic language family (others are Wiyot and Yurok of northwestern California). ...


Didelphimorphs are small to medium-sized marsupials, about the size of a large house cat. They tend to be semi-arboreal omnivores, although there are many exceptions. Most members of this taxon have long snouts, a narrow braincase, and a prominent sagittal crest. The dental formula (one side of one jaw) includes five incisors (four on the lower jaw), one canine, three premolars and four tricuspid molars. By mammal standards, this is a very full jaw. The incisors are very small, the canines large. Orders Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Sparassodonta (extinct) Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... This article is about the biological organisms known as trees. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A taxon (plural taxa), or taxonomic unit, is a grouping of organisms (named or unnamed). ... A snout is the protruding portion of an animals face, consisting of its nose, mouth, and jaw. ... Cranium can mean: The brain and surrounding skull, a part of the body. ... Canine skull showing sagittal crest A sagittal crest is a ridge of bone running lengthwise along the midline of the top of the skull (at the sagittal suture) of many mammalian and reptilian skulls, among others. ... Dentition is the development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth. ... Incisors are the first kind of tooth in heterodont mammals. ... Human jaw front view Human jaw left view Human jaw top view The jaw is either of the two opposable structures forming, or near the entrance to, the mouth. ... In mammalian oral anatomy, the canine teeth, also called cuspids, dogteeth, fangs, or (in the case of those of the upper jaw) eye teeth, are relatively long, pointed teeth. ... The premolar teeth or bicuspids are transitional teeth located between the canine and molar teeth. ... Molar 47 (left), molar 46 and premolar 45(right) Molars are the rearmost and most complicated kind of tooth in most mammals. ... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria Mammals (class Mammalia) are warm-blooded, vertebrate animals characterized by the production of milk in female mammary glands and the presence of hair, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex region in the...


Didelphimorphs have a plantigrade stance (feet flat on the ground) and the hind feet have an opposable digit with no claw. Like some primates, opossums have prehensile tails. The stomach is simple, with a small cecum. Opossum reproductive systems are extremely basic, with a reduced marsupium. This means that the young are born at a very early stage. The species are moderately sexually dimorphic with males usually being somewhat larger than females. Human skeleton, showing plantigrade habit In mammals, plantigrade locomotion means walking with the podials and metatarsals flat on the ground. ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ... A claw is a curved pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger or, in arthropods, of the tarsus. ... Families 15, See classification A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. ... Prehensility is the quality of an organ that has adapted for grasping or holding. ... In anatomy, the stomach is a bean-shaped hollow muscular organ of the gastrointestinal tract involved in the second phase of digestion, following mastication. ... The cecum or caecum (from the Latin caecus meaning blind) is a pouch connected to the ascending colon of the large intestine and the ileum. ... The reproductive system is the ensembles and interactions of organs and/or substances within an organism that strictly pertain to reproduction. ... Orders Superorder Ameridelphia Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Superorder Australidelphia Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ... The shield and spear of the Roman god Mars, which is also the alchemical symbol for iron, represents the male sex. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Didelphimorphs are opportunistic omnivores with a very broad range of diet. Their unspecialized biology, flexible diet and reproductive strategy make them successful colonizers and survivors in unsettled times. Originally native to the eastern United States, the Virginia Opossum was intentionally introduced into the west during the Great Depression, probably as a source of food. Its range has been expanding steadily northwards, thanks in part to more plentiful, man-made sources of fresh water, increased shelter due to urban encroachment, and milder winters. Its range has extended into Ontario, Canada, and it has been found farther north than Toronto. Omnivores are organisms that consume both plants and animals. ... Binomial name Didelphis virginiana (Kerr, 1792) The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found in North America. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked...


Opossums are usually nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. Though they will temporarily occupy abandoned burrows, they do not dig or put much effort into building their own. They favor dark, secure areas, below ground or above.


When threatened or harmed, they will "play possum", mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. The lips are drawn back, teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The physiological response is involuntary, rather than a conscious act. Their stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away. Many injured opossums have been killed by well-meaning people who find a catatonic animal and assume the worst. The best thing to do upon finding an injured or apparently dead opossum is to leave it in a quiet place with a clear exit path. In minutes or hours, the animal will regain consciousness and escape quietly on its own. Illustration showing the location of the anal glands in a typical dog. ...


Adult opossums do not hang from trees by their tails, though babies may dangle temporarily. Their prehensile tails are not strong enough to support a mature adult's weight, though they often serve as a brace and a fifth limb when climbing. There are also confirmed accounts of the tail being used as a grip to carry bunches of leaves or bedding materials to the nest. A mother will sometimes carry her young upon her back, where they will cling tightly even when she is running across the ground or climbing.


Opossums have a remarkably robust immune system, and show partial or total immunity to the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other pit vipers.[2][3] Thanks to their lower blood temperature, rabies is almost unknown in opossums.[4] Species 27 species; see list of rattlesnake species and subspecies. ... Binomial name Agkistrodon piscivorus Lacépède, 1789 Agkistrodon piscivorus is ass venomous pit viper species found in the United States. ... {{Taxobox[[{| class=wikitable |- ]]</nowiki>]] --> </gallery> |} |}]]| [[Image:[[Media:Failed to parse (unknown error): == <nowiki>#REDIRECT [[<sup><small>[ == == == [[Image:[[Image:[[Media:[[Media:#REDIRECT [[#REDIRECT [[#REDIRECT [[ ---- ---- <math><math><math>[[Media:[[Media: == == == == == == [[[[[[color = pink]]]]]] == == == == == ==]]]] </math></math>]]]]]]]]]]]]]] == == ==]]]</nowiki> ==</math>]]]] | name = Crotalinae | image = TimberRattler. ...


The opossum lifespan is unusually short for a mammal of its size, usually only 2 to 4 years. Senescence is rapid.[5] It has been suggested that Longevity genes be merged into this article or section. ...


The opossum was described as early as 1565 in the published letter entitled "Carigueya, Seu Marsupiale Americanum Masculum. Or, The Anatomy of a Male Opossum: In a Letter to Dr Edward Tyson, from Mr William Cowper, Chirurgeon, and Fellow of the Royal Society, London. To Which are Premised Some Further Observations on the Opossum; And a New Division of Terrestrial Brute Animals, Particularly of Those That Have Their Feet Formed Like Hands. Where an Account is Given of Some Animals Not Yet Described", by Edward Tyson, M. D. Fellow of the College of Physicians and of the Royal Society. The letter suggests even earlier descriptions.[6]


Use as food

The opossum was a favorite game animal in the United States, and in particular the southern regions which have a large body of recipes and folklore relating to the opossum. Opossum was once widely consumed in the United States where available as evidenced by recipes in older editions of The Joy of Cooking. In Dominica and Trinidad opossum or "manicou" is popular and can only be hunted during certain times of the year due to over-hunting; the meat is traditionally prepared by smoking then stewing. The meat is light and fine grained and the musk glands must be removed as part of preparation. The meat can be used in place of rabbit and chicken in recipes. The cousin of the opossum, the possum, found in Australia and New Zealand is consumed in a similar manner. (Davidson, 1999) The Joy of Cooking is one of the worlds most-published cookbooks, having been in print continuously since 1936. ... Look up Trinidad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Superfamilies and Families Phalangeroidea Burramyidae Phalangeridae Petauroidea Pseudocheiridae Petauridae Tarsipedidae Acrobatidae A possum is any of about 64 small to medium-sized arboreal marsupial species native to Australia, New Guinea and Sulawesi. ...


Historically, hunters in the Caribbean would place a barrel with fresh or rotten fruit to attract opossums who would feed on the fruit or insects. Cubans growing up in the mid-twentieth century tell of brushing the maggots out of the mouths of "manicou" caught in this manner to prepare them for consumption. It is said also that the gaminess of the meat causes gas. Flatulence (expelled through the anus in a process commonly known as farting or emitting gas) is the presence of a mixture of gases known as flatus in the digestive tract of mammals. ...


In Mexico, opossums are known as "tlacuache". Their tails are eaten as a folk remedy to improve fertility (most likely because they have many babies that they store in their pouch).


Opossum oil (Possum grease) is high in essential fatty acids and has been used as a chest rub and a carrier for arthritis remedies given as topical salves. Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that are required in the human diet. ...


Classification

  • Family Didelphidae[1]
    • Subfamily Caluromyinae
      • Genus Caluromys
        • Subgenus Mallodelphys
          • Derby's Woolly Opossum, Caluromys derbianus
          • Brown-eared Woolly Opossum, Caluromys lanatus
        • Subgenus Caluromys
          • Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum, Caluromys philander
      • Genus Caluromysiops
        • Black-shouldered Opossum, Caluromysiops irrupta
      • Genus Glironia
        • Bushy-tailed Opossum, Glironia venusta
    • Subfamily Didelphinae
      • Genus Chacodelphys
      • Genus Chironectes
      • Genus Cryptonanus
        • Agricola's Gracile Opossum (Cryptonanus agricolai)
        • Chacoan Gracile Opossum (Cryptonanus chacoensis)
        • Bolivian Gracile Opossum (Cryptonanus guahybae)
        • Red-bellied Gracile Opossum (Cryptonanus ignitus)
        • Rio Grande do Sul Gracile Opossum (Cryptonanus unduaviensis)
      • Genus Didelphis
        Skull of a Virginia Opossum, D. virginiana
        Skull of a Virginia Opossum, D. virginiana
        • White-eared Opossum (Didelphis albiventris)
        • Big-eared Opossum (Didelphis aurita)
        • Guianan White-eared Opossum (Didelphis imperfecta)
        • Common Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis)
        • Andean White-eared Opossum (Didelphis pernigra)
        • Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
      • Genus Gracilinanus
      • Genus Hyladelphys
        • Kalinowski's Mouse Opossum (Hyladelphys kalinowskii)
      • Genus Lestodelphys
      • Genus Lutreolina
        • Lutrine or Thick-tailed Opossum (Lutreolina crassicaudata)
      • Genus Marmosa
      • Genus Marmosops
      • Genus Metachirus
        • Brown Four-eyed Opossum (Metachirus myosuros)
      • Genus Micoureus
        • Alston's Mouse Opossum (Micoureus alstoni)
        • White-bellied Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus constantiae)
        • Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus demerarae)
        • Tate's Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus paraguayanus)
        • Little Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus phaeus)
        • Bare-tailed Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus regina)
      • Genus Monodelphis
        • Sepia Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis adusta)
        • Northern three-striped Opossum (Monodelphis americana)
        • Northern Red-sided Opossum (Monodelphis brevicaudata)
        • Yellow-sided Opossum (Monodelphis dimidiata)
        • Gray Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis domestica)
        • Emilia's Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis emiliae)
        • Amazonian Red-sided Opossum (Monodelphis glirina)
        • Ihering's Three-striped Opossum (Monodelphis iheringi)
        • Pygmy Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis kunsi)
        • Marajó Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis maraxina)
        • Osgood's Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis osgoodi)
        • Hooded Red-sided Opossum (Monodelphis palliolata)
        • Monodelphis reigi
        • Peruvian Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis ronaldi)
        • Chestnut-striped Opossum (Monodelphis rubida)
        • Long-nosed Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis scalops)
        • Southern Red-sided Opossum (Monodelphis sorex)
        • Southern Three-striped Opossum (Monodelphis theresa)
        • Red Three-striped Opossum (Monodelphis umbristriata)
        • One-striped Opossum (Monodelphis unistriata)
      • Genus Philander
        • Anderson's Four-eyed Opossum (Philander andersoni)
        • Philander deltae
        • Southeastern Four-eyed Opossum (Philander frenatus)
        • McIlhenny's Four-eyed Opossum (Philander mcilhennyi)
        • Philander mondolfii
        • Gray Four-eyed Opossum (Philander opossum)
      • Genus Thylamys
        • Cinderella Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys cinderella)
        • Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys elegans)
        • Karimi's Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys karimii)
        • Paraguayan Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys macrurus)
        • White-bellied Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys pallidior)
        • Common Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys pusillus)
        • Argentine Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys sponsorius)
        • Tate's Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys tatei)
        • Dwarf Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys velutinus)
        • Buff-bellied Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys venustus)
      • Genus Tlacuatzin
        • Gray Mouse Opossum (Tlacuatzin canescens)

Type Species Didelphis philander Linnaeus, 1758 Species Caluromys derbianus Caluromys lanatus Caluromys philander The three species in the genus Caluromys, commonly known as woolly opossums, are members of the Didelphimorphia order. ... Binomial name Caluromys lanatus (Olfers, 1818) Subspecies Caluromys lanatus cicur Caluromys lanatus lanatus Caluromys lanatus nattereri Caluromys lanatus ochropus Caluromys lanatus orntus Caluromys lanatus vitalinus The Brown-eared Woolly Opossum (Caluromys philander), also known as the Ecuadoran or Western Woolly Opossum, is a woolly opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Caluromys philander (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies Caluromys philander affinis Caluromys philander dichurus Caluromys philander philander Caluromys philander trinitatis Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum (Caluromys philander), also called the White-eared Opossum is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Caluromysiops irrupta Sanborn, 1951 The Black-shouldered Opossum (Caluromysiops irrupta), also known as the White-eared Opossum is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Caluromysiops irrupta Sanborn, 1951 The Black-shouldered Opossum (Caluromysiops irrupta), also known as the White-eared Opossum is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Glironia venusta Thomas, 1912 Bushy-tailed Opossum, Glironia venusta, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Glironia venusta Thomas, 1912 Bushy-tailed Opossum, Glironia venusta, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Chacodelphys formosa (Shamel, 1930) The Chacoan pygmy opossum (Chacodelphys formosa) is a recently described genus and species of didelphimorph marsupial. ... Binomial name Chacodelphys formosa (Shamel, 1930) The Chacoan pygmy opossum (Chacodelphys formosa) is a recently described genus and species of didelphimorph marsupial. ... Binomial name Chironectes minimus (Zimmermann, 1780) The Water Opossum or Yapok (Chironectes minimus) is a marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Chironectes minimus (Zimmermann, 1780) The Water Opossum or Yapok (Chironectes minimus) is a marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Didelphis virginiana (Kerr, 1792) The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found in North America. ... Image File history File links Opossum_Skull. ... Image File history File links Opossum_Skull. ... Binomial name Didelphis albiventris Lund, 1840 White-eared Opossum, Didelphis albiventris, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Didelphis aurita Wied-Neuwied, 1826 The Big-eared Opossum, Didelphis albiventris, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Didelphis imperfecta Mondolfi and Pérez-Hernández, 1984 The Guianan White-eared Opossum, Didelphis albiventris, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus, 1758 The Common Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) or Manicou (so named in the Antilles) is an opossum species living from the south of Mexico to Bolivia. ... Binomial name Didelphis virginiana (Kerr, 1792) The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found in North America. ... Binomial name Gracilinanus agilis (Burmeister, 1854) The Agile Gracile Opossum, Gracilinanus agilis, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Gracilinanus emiliae (Thomas, 1909) The Emilias Gracile Opossum, Gracilinanus emiliae, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Gracilinanus microtarsus (Wagner, 1842) The Brazilian Gracile Opossum, Gracilinanus microtarsus, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Lestodelphys halli (Thomas, 1921) The Patagonian Opossum (Lestodelphys halli) is the sole species in genus Lestodelphys. ... Binomial name Lestodelphys halli (Thomas, 1921) The Patagonian Opossum (Lestodelphys halli) is the sole species in genus Lestodelphys. ... Binomial name Lutreolina crassicaudata Desmarest, 1804 The Lutrine Opossum (Lutreolina crassicaudata), also known as Little Water Opossum or Thick-tailed Opossum, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Lutreolina crassicaudata Desmarest, 1804 The Lutrine Opossum (Lutreolina crassicaudata), also known as Little Water Opossum or Thick-tailed Opossum, is an opossum species from South America. ... Species Marmosa andersoni Marmosa lepida Marmosa mexicana Marmosa murina Marmosa quichua Marmosa robinsoni Marmosa rubra Marmosa tyleriana Marmosa xerophila The nine species in the genus Marmosa, commonly known as murine opossums or mouse opossums, are relatively small members of the Didelphimorphia order. ... Binomial name Marmosa lepida Thomas, 1888 The Rufous Mouse Opossum, Marmosa lepida, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Marmosa murina (Linnaeus, 1758) Linnaeuss Mouse Opossum (Marmosa murina), also known as the Common or Murine Mouse Opossum, is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Marmosa rubra Tate, 1931 The Red Mouse Opossum (Marmosa rubra) is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Marmosa tyleriana Tate, 1931 Tyleria Mouse Opossum (Marmosa tyleriana) is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Species See text Marmosops is a genus of opossums. ... Binomial name Marmosops impavidus (Tschudi, 1844) The Tschudis Slender Opossum, Marmosops impavidus, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Marmosops incanus (Lund, 1841) The Gray Slender Opossum, Marmosops incanus, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Marmosops neblina Gardner, 1990 The Neblina Slender Opossum, Marmosops neblina, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Marmosops noctivagus (Tschudi, 1845) The White-bellied Slender Opossum, Marmosops noctivagus, is an opossum species from South America. ... Marmosops parvidens Binomial name Marmosops parvidens (Tate, 1931) The Delicate Slender Opossum, Marmosops parvidens, is a small pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Marmosops paulensis Tate, 1931 The Brazilian Slender Opossum, Marmosops paulensis, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Marmosops pinheiroi Pine, 1981 The Pinheiros Slender Opossum, Marmosops pinheiroi, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Metachirus nudicaudatus (Geoffroy, 1803) The Brown Four-eyed Opossum, Metachirus nudicaudatus, is a pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Metachirus nudicaudatus (Geoffroy, 1803) The Brown Four-eyed Opossum, Metachirus nudicaudatus, is a pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Micoureus alstoni (J. A. Allen, 1900) Alstons Mouse Opossum (Micoureus alstoni), also known as Alstons Opossum, is a medium sized pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Micoureus constantiae (Thomas, 1904) The White-bellied Woolly Mouse Opossum, Micoureus constantiae, is a small pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Micoureus demerarae (Thomas, 1905) The Long-furred Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus demerarae) is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Binomial name Micoureus regina (Thomas, 1898) The Bare-tailed Woolly Mouse Opossum (Micoureus regina) or Short-furred Woolly Mouse Opossum is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae. ... Species 15 species, see article. ... Binomial name Monodelphis americana Müller, 1776 The Northern Three-striped Opossum, Monodelphis americana, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis brevicaudata (Erxleben, 1777) The Northern Red-sided Opossum, Monodelphis brevicaudata, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis dimidiata (Wagner, 1847) The Yellow-sided Opossum, Monodelphis dimidiata, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis domestica (Wagner, 1842) The Grey Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis domestica) is a small member of the Didelphidae family of opossums. ... Binomial name Monodelphis emiliae (Thomas, 1912) The Emilias Short-tailed Opossum, Monodelphis emiliae, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis iheringi (Thomas, 1888) The Iherings Three-striped Opossum, Monodelphis iheringi, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis kunsi Pine, 1875 The Pygmy Short-tailed Opossum, Monodelphis kunsi, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis maraxina Thomas, 1923 The Marajó Short-tailed Opossum, Monodelphis maraxina, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis rubida (Thomas, 1936) The Chestnut-striped Opossum, Monodelphis rubida, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis scalops (Thomas, 1888) The Long-nosed Short-tailed Opossum, Monodelphis scalops, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis sorex (Hensel, 1872) The Southern Red-sided Opossum, Monodelphis sorex, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis theresa Thomas, 1921 The Southern Three-striped Opossum, Monodelphis theresa, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis umbristriata (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1936) The Red Three-striped Opossum, Monodelphis umbristriata, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Monodelphis unistriata (Wagner, 1842) The One-striped Opossum, Monodelphis unistriata, is an opossum species from South America. ... Species Philander andersoni Philander frenatus Philander mcilhennyi Philander opossum The four species in the genus Philander, commonly known as gray and black four-eyed opossums, are members of the Didelphimorphia order. ... Binomial name Philander andersoni (Osgood, 1913) The Andersons Four-eyed Opossum, Philander andersoni, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Philander deltae Lew et al, 2006 Philander deltae is a species of opossum found in the Orinoco River region of Venezuela, South America. ... Binomial name Philander frenatus Olfers, 1818 The Southeastern Four-eyed Opossum, Philander frenatus, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Philander mcilhennyi Gardner & Patton, 1972 The Mcilhennys Four-eyed Opossum, Philander opossum, is an opossum species from South America. ... Binomial name Philander opossum Linnaeus, 1758 The Gray Four-eyed Opossum, Philander opossum, is an opossum species from Central and South America. ... Binomial name Thylamys velutinus Wagner, 1842 The Dwarf Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys velutinus), also known as the Velvety Fat-tailed Opossum is an opossum species from South America. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Gardner, Alfred (November 16, 2005). in Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds): Mammal Species of the World, 3rd edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 3-18. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.wildliferescueleague.org/report/opossum.html
  3. ^ http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0104-79301999000100005&script=sci_arttext
  4. ^ http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/frequently_asked_questions.htm#Do%20opossums%20carry%20rabies?
  5. ^ http://www.opossum.org/facts.htm
  6. ^ http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-2372%28193208%2913%3A3%3C241%3ATPCAPM%3E2.0.CO%3B2-0

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Didelphimorphia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (805 words)
Opossum fur is quite soft, and was once commonly used in the bathtub as a sponge.
The order Didelphimorphia contains the common opossums of the western hemisphere.
Opossums probably diverged from the basic South American marsupials in the late Cretaceous or early Paleocene.
Didelphimorphia (238 words)
The Didelphimorphia are the common opossums of the Western hemisphere.
They diverged from the basic South American Ameridelphian stock probably in the latest Cretaceous or early Paleocene.
Perhaps this is why their range has been expanding rapidly into North America.
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