Monodelphis iheringi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Monodelphis iheringi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1888
Common Name(s):
English Ihering's Short-tailed Opossum, Ihering's Three-striped Opossum
French Opossum-musaraigne D´ihering

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., Lew, D. & Soriano, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing problems with its taxonomy as well as 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is endemic to southeast Brazil, where it is found in Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, Santa Catarina and Espírito Santo (Gardner, 2007).
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Population [top]

Population: Very little is known of populations of this species. A population reduction is suspected based on a severe drop reduction in extent of occurrence and/or quality of habitat by deforestation.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Rain and subtropical forests of the Atlantic Coast.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The loss of habitat is suspected to have caused a decline in various populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is likely to occur in several protected areas, however, more surveys to establish range of occurrence and occupation, and ecology are needed in order to assess it.

Bibliography [top]

Gardner, A. L. 2007. Order Didelphimorphia. In: A. L. Gardner (ed.), Mammals of South America, pp. 669. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Citation: Brito, D., Astua de Moraes, D., Lew, D. & Soriano, P. 2008. Monodelphis iheringi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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