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Caenolestidae - shrew opossums

There are six species in this family of small marsupials. They are all found in the Andes Mountains in western South America. They look like shrews, but they are marsupials. They are 4-5 inches in length and have grayish-brown fur; small, round eyes; long, pointed snouts; and long, non-prehensile tails. Unlike other species of marsupials, female shrew opossums do not have a pouch. Shrew opossums have poor eyesight. The use their hearing and whiskers to locate prey like insects and worms. They spend much of their time underground. Species in this family include: the gray-bellied shrew opossum, the blackish shrew opossum, the silky shrew opossum, the Incan shrew opossum, and the Andean shrew opossum.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

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Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Gray-bellied Shrew Opossum - Caenolestes caniventer  Near Threatened South America
Andean Shrew Opossum - Caenolestes condorensis Vulnerable South America
Blackish Shrew Opossum -  Caenolestes convelatus Vulnerable South America
  Silky Shrew Opossum - Caenolestes fuliginosus   Least Concern South America
Incan Shrew Opossum -  Lestoros inca Least Concern South America
Chilean Shrew Opossum - Rhyncholestes raphanurus Near Threatened South America

Additional Information

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Silky Shrew Opossum - Caenolestes fuliginosus   profile Photos Least Concern South America
The silky shrew opossum is found in the Andes Mountains in western Venezuela, north and west Colombia , and Ecuador.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Incan Shrew Opossum -  Lestoros inca profile Photos Least Concern South America
The Incan shrew opossum is found in the Andean region of southern Peru.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Chilean Shrew Opossum - Rhyncholestes raphanurus profile Photos Near Threatened South America
The Chilean shrew opossum is found in southern Chile, Chiloe Island, and a small part of southern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes