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Tyler's mouse opossum

Tyler's mouse opossum[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Genus: Marmosa
Subgenus: Marmosa
Species: M. tyleriana
Binomial name
Marmosa tyleriana
Tate, 1931
Tyler's mouse opossum range

Tyler's mouse opossum (Marmosa tyleriana) is a South American marsupial of the family Didelphidae.[2] It lives in rainforests of the Guiana Highlands of southern Venezuela at elevations between 1300 and 2200 m.[1] The species has only been found on three isolated tepuis (Auyantepui, Marahuaca and Sarisariñama).[1] All three of these locations are in protected areas (Canaima, Duida-Marahuaca and Jaua-Sarisariñama national parks).

The Latin species name refers to the habitat in which the opossum was first found, a Tyleria forest. In turn, both the genus Tyleria and the opossum's common name refer to Sidney F .Tyler, an American historian and photographer who helped finance the 1928-29 expedition of the American Museum of Natural History to the headwaters of the Orinoco, during which the opossum was discovered.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lew, D., Pérez-Hernandez, R., Gutiérrez, E., Ventura, J. & López Fuster, M. (2011). "Marmosa tyleriana".   Database entry includes justification for why this species is data deficient
  2. ^ Gardner, A.L. (2005). "Order Didelphimorphia". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 9–10.  
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2009-09-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals.  
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