Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

Short-Tailed Opossum
Short-Tailed Opossum

Scientific Name: Monodelphis domestica

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • The smallest of the opossums, less than a foot long when fully grown.
  • Monodelphis domestica, the gray short-tailed opossum, is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, but has found its way to North America as a common biomedical laboratory test animal.
  • Monodelphis is an excellent taxon to study postnatal development of the mammalian skeleton because the young are born 14 days after conception.