Brown Four-eyed Opossum

Taxobox
name = Brown Four-eyed OpossumMSW3 Gardner|pages=12|id=10400110]
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = IUCN2007 | assessors = New World Marsupial Specialist Group | year = 1996 | title = Metachirus nudicaudatus | id = 40509 | downloaded = 2008-05-13]
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
infraclassis = Marsupialia
ordo = Didelphimorphia
familia = Didelphidae
subfamilia = Didelphinae
genus = "Metachirus"
genus_authority = Burmeister, 1854
species = "M. nudicaudatus"
binomial = "Metachirus nudicaudatus"
binomial_authority = (É. Geoffroy, 1803)
The Brown Four-eyed Opossum ("Metachirus nudicaudatus") is a pouchless marsupial of the family Didelphidae. It is found in different forested habitats of Central and South America, from Nicaragua and to Paraguay and northern Argentina. It is the only species in the genus "Metachirus".

It is a strongly nocturnal, terrestrial and omnivorous animal, feeding on fruits, small vertebrates and invertebrates.

The Brown Four-eyed Opossum builds nests made of leaves and twigs in tree branches or under rocks and logs. It is seasonally polyestrous and the litter size varies from one to nine.

There are five recognized subspecies of this opossum:
*"Metachirus nudicaudatus nudicaudatus"
*"Metachirus nudicaudatus colombianus"
*"Metachirus nudicaudatus modestus"
*"Metachirus nudicaudatus myosuros"
*"Metachirus nudicaudatus tschudii"

References

*John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.
* [http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Metachirus_nudicaudatus.html Animal Diversity Web]


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