TAXONOMY

Notodelphys halli (Thomas, 1921), Santa Cruz, Argentina.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Opossum de Patagonie; German: PatagonienBeutelratten; Spanish: Comadrejita patagónica.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 5–6 in (13–15 cm). The dorsal hair is dense and tender, darkish grayish brown with paler sides. Males have an orange patch on the throat. The face is paler than the remainder of the physique. There are darkish patches on shoulders and hips, and the underparts, fingers, and ft are white. The tail is clearly shorter than the top and physique, and seasonally it seems thick from fats reserves. Tail furry solely on the base and lined with superb hairs the remainder of its size. Canine enamel are comparatively lengthy.

DISTRIBUTION

Occurs in a comparatively small area of southern Argentina within the provinces of Río Negro, Neuquén, Santa Cruz, La Pampa, Mendoza, and Chubut.

HABITAT

It has been reported from the South American steppe grasslands (pampas), and in addition from shrublands; typically related to streams and different water our bodies.

BEHAVIOR

Seems to be a primarily terrestrial species. It is solitary and energetic at night time.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

A specimen was captured in a entice baited with a lifeless hen. This species is taken into account a carnivore however extra doubtless it's insectivorous. Its weight-reduction plan can also include fruit, eggs, and small vertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

The distribution is restricted to a small area of southern Argentina. Classified as Vulnerable. Some parts of its habitat have been modified.


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