Philander opossum 

Scope: Global

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Philander opossum
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Gray Four-eyed Opossum, Guaiki
French Opossum Gris Quatre-yeux
Spanish Comadreja De Cuatro Ojos
Taxonomic Notes: This species needs taxonomic revision.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Brito, D., Cuarón, A.D., Reid, F. & Emmons, L.
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, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from Tamaulipas, southern Mexico including the Yucatan, south to Boliva and western Ecuador, eastern Peru, and southwestern Brazil. It is found in lowlands to up to 1,600 m (Reid 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1600
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common and widespread; sometimes abundant (Reid, 1997).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in humid forest, secondary growth, and along watercourses. It is found most commonly in moist areas, but it occurs through nearly all vegetation types. Can be found in deciduous and evergreen forest, second growth, and sometimes disturbed habitat; often found near streams (Reid, 1997). This species is nocturnal, arboreal and terrestrial, with good swimming abilities.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research is needed on methods to provide for more habitat protection and for surveys to establish range of occurrence and occupation, ecology, and abundance. This species occurs in many protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Brito, D., Cuarón, A.D., Reid, F. & Emmons, L. 2008. Philander opossum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T40516A10325647. . Downloaded on 26 August 2016.
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