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WATER OPOSSUM Chironectes minimus
Smith P 2007 - FAUNA Paraguay Handbook of the Mammals of Paraguay Number 4 Water Opossum Chironectes minimus
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Probably the most unqiue and instantly-recognisable member of his family, this bizarre but rarely seen marsupial is perfectly adapted for an amphibious existence. First his fur is dense and velvety so that water just runs off, whilst his hind feet are broadly webbed and his tail somewhat flattened to help with under water propulsion. To the Guaranķ he is known as the Yapok.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPMAM1PH) Adult, Mbaracayś Forest Reserve, Departamento Canindeyś (Alberto Esquivel undated).
FIGURE 2 - (FPMAM2PH) Same individual (Alberto Esquivel undated).
FIGURE 3 - (FPMAM3PH) Same individual (Alberto Esquivel undated).
FIGURE 4 - (FPMAM4PH) Adult lateral view, PN Ybycui, Departamento Paraguari (Philip Myers undated).
LINKS TO DOWNLOADABLE OPEN ACCESS REFERENCES USED IN THE PREPARATION OF THE FAUNA PARAGUAY HANDBOOK OF THE MAMMALS OF PARAGUAY SPECIES ACCOUNT FOR THIS SPECIES:
Brown BE 2004 - Atlas of New World Marsupials - Fieldiana Zoology 102.
Burmeister H 1854 Systematische Uebersicht der Thiere Brasiliens: Welche während einer Reise durch die Provinzen von Rio de Janeiro und Minas Geraės Gesammlt oder beobachtet wurden Vol 1 - G.Reimer, Berlin.
Marshall LG 1978 - Chironectes minimus - Mammalian Species 109: 1-6.
Myers P, Espinosa R, Parr CS, Jones T, Hammond GS, Dewey A 2006 - The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed December 2007.