Chilean shrew opossum

Rhyncholestes raphanurus

TAXONOMY

Rhyncholestes raphanurus Osgood, 1924, Chiloe Island, Biobio, Chile.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Caenolestide du Chili; German: Chile-Opossumaus; Spanish: Comadrejita trompuda.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body 4-5 in (10-13 cm) long; tail 2.5-3.5 in (6-9 cm); may fatten prior to onset of winter. Female has five or seven teats.

DISTRIBUTION

South central Chile and Chiloe Island.

HABITAT

Temperate rainforest. BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal, terrestrial, burrows through surface litter; may enter torpor in winter.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Insects, worms, and other invertebrates caught by rummaging in topsoil and leaf litter.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Not well understood, but females are apparently capable of breeding at any time of year.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Listed as Vulnerable by IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

None known.

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