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Grey Slender Opossum, Marmosops incanus

The grey slender opossum (Marmosops incanus) can be found in South America, in a small range that includes only Brazil. Its preferred habitat includes both primary and secondary forests, humid lowland coastal areas at elevations between 2,624 and 4,265 feet. This species can only breed once per year, and displays an odd method of breeding. During this period, males will breed just before they die in a method known as semelparous breeding. It is thought that the grey slender opossum occurs in large numbers throughout its range and it inhabits a few protected areas. Because it displays abilities to persist through some degree of habitat destruction, it is not thought to have any major threats. The grey slender opossum appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Marmosops incanus, an opossum from South America. Credit: Ramon Campos/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Grey Slender Opossum Marmosops incanus