Didelphini, Crochet, 1979

Voss, Robert S., Fleck, David W. & Jansa, Sharon A., 2019, Mammalian Diversity And Matses Ethnomammalogy In Amazonian Peru Part 3: Marsupials (Didelphimorphia), Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2019 (432), pp. 1-89: 46

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Didelphini
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Tribe Didelphini  

Members of the tribe Didelphini   are large opossums (with average adults weights> 300 g), and the three genera that occur in our region are all unambiguously distinguishable by exter- nal and craniodental characters ( Emmons, 1997; Voss and Jansa, 2009). However, the water opossum is seldom observed, and the Matses do not distinguish among local species of “foureyed” opossums ( Philander spp.   and Metachirus myosuros   ); only the so-called common opossum ( Didelphis marsupialis   ) has its own proper name in the Matses zoological lexicon.