Monodelphis handleyi 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Monodelphis handleyi
Species Authority: Solari, 2007
Common Name(s):
English Handley's Short-tailed Opossum
Taxonomic Source(s): Solari, S. 2007. New species of Monodelphis (Didelphimorphia: Didelphidae) from Peru, with notes on M. adusta (Thomas, 1897). Journal of Mammalogy 88: 319-329.
Taxonomic Notes: The species was recently described based on cytochrome-b and morphological comparisons with other sympatric and or cogeneric species (e.g., Monondelphis peruviana, M. adusta, M. emiliae) (Solari 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-30
Assessor(s): Flores, D. & Solari, S.
Reviewer(s): Martin, G.M. & Chiozza, F.
Listed as Near Threatened since although its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km² and its habitat might be declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii), it is known only by few specimens and further research is needed to better understand the population status and the impact of habitat conversion.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Peru. It is known only from the type locality on the east bank of Rio Ucayali, Requena Province, Department of Loreto (Solari 2007). The type locality of M. handleyi lies between the Ucayali and Yavari rivers.
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Population [top]

Population: Probably occurs at low densities, although not rare (Solari 2007).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Specimens of M. handleyi were trapped in terrestrial habitats within both swampy and well-drained forests bordering primary and secondary forests, usually with some degree of selective logging and exploitation (Solari 2007).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is probably threatened by selective logging and exploitation in its extremely reduced range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in one protected area (Solari 2007).

Citation: Flores, D. & Solari, S. 2011. Monodelphis handleyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T199833A9129077. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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