Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Monodelphis kunsi
Species Authority: Pine, 1975
Common Name(s):
English Pygmy Short-tailed Opossum
French Opossum-musaraigne de Kuns

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-30
Assessor(s): Solari, S., de la Sancha, N. & Vilela, J.
Reviewer(s): Flores, D. & Chiozza, F.
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. However, this species is known from few specimens in Paraguay and Argentina.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina (Gardner 2007). This species is found from lowlands up to 1,500 m.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Paraguay
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1500
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Population [top]

Population: This species is estimated to be widespread with locally low densities.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species seems to prefer moderately disturbed habitats (Anderson 1982). It is found in a variety of habitats, including forest and cerrado. There are no information available on habits, behaviour, food or reproduction (Anderson 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. However, there is local habitat destruction which might be reducing some populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in many protected areas.

Citation: Solari, S., de la Sancha, N. & Vilela, J. 2011. Monodelphis kunsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T13696A4351923. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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