Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Monodelphis maraxina
Species Authority: Thomas, 1923
Common Name(s):
English Marajó Short-tailed Opossum
French Opossum-musaraigne Dde Marajo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Brito, D. & Astua de Moraes, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. This species is suspected to be threatened, but the degree of threat is impossible to measure without more information on the species adaptability to habitat change and remaining area of occupancy.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This marsupial is known from northeastern Brazil on Ilha Marajó, Pará, and possibly one small island to the west, Ihla Caldeirão (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999; Gardner, 2007).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: Apparently rare, known only from several individuals.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Their activity is predominantly terrestrial and crepuscular. Habitat and behaviour is not known, but is possibly is similar to Monodelphis domestica.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The loss of habitat will most probably have caused a decline in the population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Does not occur in any protected areas and surveys are needed to establish the extent of occurrence, ecology, and abundance.

Citation: Brito, D. & Astua de Moraes, D. 2008. Monodelphis maraxina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13697A4352211. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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