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Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum
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Information
Common Name White-eared Opossum
Range South America, Its range includes Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Didelphimorphia
Family Didelphidae
Genus Caluromys
Caluromys
Species' Caluromys philander
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Bare-tailed woolly opossum (Caluromys philander), also known as the white-eared opossum, is an opossum species from South America. Its range includes Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. It is a species restricted only to moist forests.

Like other members of the genus Caluromys, the bare-tailed woolly opossum is a strongly arboreal species of marsupial, differing from other didelphid opossums in 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.

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