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Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum

Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum (Caluromys philander), also called the White-eared Opossum is an opossum species from South America. It is a species restricted only to moist forests.

Just like any other member of the Caluromys genus, the Bare-tailed Woolly opossum is a strongly arboreal species of marsupial, differing from other Didelphidae opossums for having a comparatively large encephalization quotient and smaller litter size. Its name comes from its naked, prehensile tail.

It feeds on fruits, nectar, invertebrates and small vertebrates. Bare-tailed woolly opossums actively climb through the upper canopy of trees as they look for fruit and insects.


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

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