Didelphis pernigra


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Didelphis pernigra
Species Authority: J.A. Allen, 1900
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly considered part of Didelphis albiventris (see Lemos and Cerqueira 2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lew, D., Patterson, B., Delgado, C. & Solari, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
The species is list as Least Concern because it has a widespread distribution, a large presumed global population, is found in many protected areas and has no major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela (Lemos and Cerqueira, 2002). In Ecuador, it has an altitudinal range of 2,000 to 3,700 m (D. Tirira pers. comm.).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The species seems to be common in appropriate habitat.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Species of the genus Didelphis are seen as generalists, having large ranges and high migration rates between populations in comparison with other Neotropical small mammals (Lemos and Cerqueira, 2002). In Bolivia, there is the potential for crossbreeding between this species and D. albiventris (Lemos and Cerqueira, 2002). It is common in disturbed areas including secondary forest, open lands, agricultural areas, and suburban areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in many protected areas.

Citation: Lew, D., Patterson, B., Delgado, C. & Solari, S. 2008. Didelphis pernigra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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