Order : Didelphimorphia
Family : Didelphidae
Subfamily : Didelphinae
Genus : Monodelphis
Animals in the genus Monodelphis
|Gray short-tailed opossum|
Facts about the genus Monodelphis, the short-tailed opossums
A new species of short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis) is described from the Lowland forest of southeastern Peru.
Â Â Â Â In their natural habitat, Short Tailed Opossums are found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Short Tailed Opossums are small marsupials approximately 4 to 6 inches in length when full grown.
Short-tailed opossums are a small, solitary, exotic marsupial gaining popularity as a "pocket pet".
Short-tailed opossums are an exotic animal according to the USDA, because they are not native to the USA.
Short-tailed Opossums are solitary & will need to be housed separately except for breeding.
The only social relations between Short-Tailed Opossums are between the mother and young.
The origin of Monodelphis is the semi-arid Caatinga region in Northeastern Brazil where it naturally inhabits rock outcroppings close to water sources.
This table shows how distantly related short-tailed opossums are to the North American opossum and sugar gliders.
A dose of 500 J/m2 to the shaved skin of Monodelphis is approximately one minimal erythemal dose (35). (Full text)
The only social relations between Short-Tailed Opossums are between the mother and young. (Full text)
Monodelphis is a member of Didelphidae, a group of exclusively New World opossums thought to be basal among the living marsupials. (Full text)
Monodelphis is the only species that extends the wrist joint to a similar degree (250°). (Full text)
We are not suggesting that Monodelphis is incapable of performing other walking gaits (besides trots). (Full text)
Short-tailed Opossums are native to South America. (Full text)
domestica are native to South America and are a member of the family Didelphidae, which contains the largest number of species within the marsupials, and Monodelphis is the most species-rich genus of the family (19). (Full text)