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Lutrine Opossum


The Lutrine Opossum (Lutreolina crassicaudata), also known as Little Water Opossum or Thick-tailed Opossum, is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia and Guyana. Populations in the two last countries are isolated from the populations of all the other countries.

It is a very peculiar opossum, having a long weasel-like body and a dense reddish or yellowish fur. It also has a long tail and small rounded ears. It can be found in areas with permanent water bodies, in marshy or riparian habitats.

Lutrine Opossums are nocturnal animals and can swim and climb very well. They feed on fish, other small vertebrates and insects.

Subspecies

Lutreolina crassicaudata crassicaudata

L. crassicaudata paranalis

Lutreolina crassicaudata turneri

References

John F. Eisenberg and Kent H. Redford, 2000. Mammals of Neotropics: Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.

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