Philander deltae 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Philander deltae
Species Authority: Lew, Pérez-Hernández & Ventura, 2006
Common Name(s):
English Deltaic Four-eyed Opossum , Delta Opossum
Taxonomic Source(s): Lew, D. , Pérez-Hernández, R. and Ventura, J. 2006. Two new species of Philander (Didelphimorphia, Didelphidae) from northern South America. Journal of Mammalogy 87: 224–237.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-30
Assessor(s): Lew, D., Pérez-Hernandez, R., Ventura, J. & Gutiérrez, E.
Reviewer(s): Flores, D. & Chiozza, F.
This species is listed as Least Concern since it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which does not appear to be under threat, has a presumed large population, and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. There are records from protected areas: Guaripiche Forest Reserve, Mariusa National Park and Delta del Orinoco Biosphere Reserve.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found only in northeastern Venezuela, specifically in the Orinoco River Delta and Gulf of Paria, in Delta Amacuro State, and eastern Monagas State, including recent alluvial plains of the Orinoco, Morichal Largo, Guanipa, and San Juan rivers (Lew et al. 2006).
Countries occurrence:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The species is common in appropriate habitat (D. Lew pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known from deltaic plains, seasonally or perennially flooded. It occurs only from low- to medium height (15-25 m) evergreen permanently flooded swamp forest or seasonally flooded marsh forest (Lew et al. 2006).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. The vast majority of the area is uninhabited. The area does not have high human settlements, but there are surveys for oil in the area, and plans to drill for oil and build gas pipes (D. Lew pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are records from Guaripiche Forest Reserve, Mariusa National Park and Delta del Orinoco Biosphere Reserve (D. Lew pers. comm.).

Citation: Lew, D., Pérez-Hernandez, R., Ventura, J. & Gutiérrez, E. 2011. Philander deltae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T136227A4262286. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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