Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Monodelphis scalops
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1888)
Common Name(s):
English Long-nosed Short-tailed Opossum
French Opossum-musaraigne À Tête Rouge
Spanish Colicorto De Cabeza Roja

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Vieira, E. & Brito, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, occurrence in a number of protected areas and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found in the Southeast of Brazil, including the States of Espiritu Santo (southern portion), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Santa Catarina and is reported from Argentina (Gardner, 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: Uncommon (GMA Brazil). The species may be more common than surveys suggest due to inadequate sampling (Viera and Brito pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in lowland Atlantic humid coastal forest (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999; Emmons and Feer, 1997). Their activity is predominantly terrestrial and crepuscular.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threat. Habitat loss is a threat in parts of the species' range and some populations are in decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Vieira, E. & Brito, D. 2008. Monodelphis scalops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13700A4352683. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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