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Gray slender mouse opossum Facts

TAXONOMY

Didelphis incana (Lund, 1840), Minas Gerais, Brazil.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 4.7–7.9 in (12–20 cm); weight 1–1.9 oz (30–55 g). Dorsal fur is grayish brown to brown and underparts paler. The snout is lengthy and pointed and the ears are giant, bare, and pink to brown. There is a patch of black hair round every eye. The tail is lengthy and bare.

DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to jap Brazil from the state of Bahia to Parana.

HABITAT

Found within the Atlantic forest of the southeastern coast of Brazil, under 2,640 ft (800 m), in tropical moist forest and deeper inland in considerably drier forest.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and crepuscular. Solitary.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds on bugs, eggs, fruit, and small vertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous. A semelparous species through which people make investments all their effort on a single reproductive occasion of their lives. Typically, the births happen in a single three-month interval across the onset of the wet season.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Considered Lower Risk/Near Threatened by the IUCN. The Atlantic forest of Brazil is without doubt one of the most endangered biomes of South America and, if deforestation trends proceed, this and different species will face very severe extinction dangers.