Paucituberculata Shrew opossums

(Caenolestidae)

Class Mammalia Order Paucituberculata Family Caenolestidae Number of families 1

Thumbnail description

Small, shrewlike animals with small eyes, shaggy fur, and a long tail; females lack a pouch

Size

Head-body 3.5-5 in (9-13 cm); tail 2.5-5 in (6.5-13 cm); weight 0.7-1.5 oz (20-40 g)

Number of genera, species

2 genera; 5 species

Habitat

Temperate rainforest and alpine scrub bordering high altitude paramo meadow

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 1 species

Distribution

Western South America, including parts of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Argentina

Distribution

Western South America, including parts of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Argentina

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