DIDELPHIDAE, Gray, 1821

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson, 2015, Didelphidae, Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 5 Monotremes and Marsupials, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, pp. 129-186 : 129

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6685333

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6684832

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/F723B76C-FFFB-FFD0-FD9B-143BF9708944

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Tatiana

scientific name

DIDELPHIDAE
status

 

Family DIDELPHIDAE

(OPOSSUMS)

® Smallto medium-sized marsupals with mostly-naked tails, pointed snouts, prehensile hands and feet with five fingers on both and claws on hands, and opposable thumbs on hindfeet; some species with a pouch.

* 10-95 cm View Figure .

* Nearctic and Neotropical Regions. View Figure

* Wide-ranging, virtually present in all vegetation formations and biomes of the Americas from 50° N to 48° S.

* 18 genera, 103 species, at least 143 taxa.

* 2 species Critically Endangered, 6 species Vulnerable;1 species Extinct since 1600.