TAXONOMY

Monodelphis kunsi Pine, 1975, Beni, Bolivia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Opossum á queue courte de Kuns; German: KunsSpitzmausbeutelratte; Spanish: Colicorto pigmeo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 2.4–3.1 in (6–eight cm); weight 0.6–1.2 oz (18–35 g). The again is uniform yellowish brown with paler underparts. The fur is brief and dense. There is a gular gland in males, partially obscured by fur. The tail is brief, slender, and virtually utterly lined with tremendous, sparse hair, apart from its tip. The rostrum is conical and the eyes black. The ears are medium and bare. This is the smallest species within the genus Monodelphis.

DISTRIBUTION

Known solely from a couple of localities in western Brazil and western Bolivia, apparently endemic to the higher Amazon river basin, under 2,100 ft (640 m).

HABITAT

Tropical moist forest, and perhaps additionally some secondary vegetation.

BEHAVIOR

Probably solitary. It can also be nocturnal, however virtually nothing is thought about this species.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Presumably feeds on bugs and different small animals.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous, however nothing else is thought.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Classified by the IUCN as Endangered. Since it is a comparatively uncommon species in nature, and western Amazonia is topic to main deforestation, the species faces critical extinction threats.


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