Marmosops parvidens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Marmosops parvidens
Species Authority: (Tate, 1931)
Common Name(s):
English Delicate Slender Mouse Opossum, Delicate Slender Opossum, Opossum-souris Délicat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Catzeflis, F. & Silva, C.
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 the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:It occurs across the Guiana Shield in Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and south through northern Brazil (Voss et al., 2001; Gardner, 2007).
Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Usually uncommon to rare; occasionally locally common (Emmons and Feer, 1997).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This marsupial is strongly associated with moist habitats, and prefers moist tropical forest. It is nocturnal; arboreal and terrestrial; solitary. Feeds on insects and fruit. This species appears to forage both in the trees and on the ground in the forest understory usually in tall, open-understory, terra firme forest. They are slower-moving than most other mouse opossums and they are often found sitting still perched on a low shrub or a branch of a treefall. When disturbed they run a few feet up into a sapling, where they stop and can be caught by hand. Found in mature, closed canopy, evergreen forest, not often in disturbed or secondary forest. Embryo counts vary from six to seven (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999; Emmons and Feer, 1997). Found at elevations up to 1000 m asl in Venezuela, although it can reach 2000 m asl.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in several protected areas throughout its range.

Bibliography [top]

Eisenberg, J.F. and Redford, K.H. 1999. Mammals of the Neotropics: The Central Neotropics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

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

Voss, R. S., Lunde, D. P. and Simmons, N. B. 2001. The Mammals of Paracou, French Guiana: A Neotropical Rainforest Fauna. Part I: Nonvolant Species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 263: 1-236.

Citation: Catzeflis, F. & Silva, C. 2008. Marmosops parvidens. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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