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GREY SHORT-TAILED OPOSSUM Monodelphis domestica
Smith P 2008 - FAUNA Paraguay Handbook of the Mammals of Paraguay Number 10 Grey Short-tailed Opossum Monodelphis domestica
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Shrew-like in appearance this is the most commonly-ecountered member of the primitive Monodelphids or Short-tailed Opossums. They are diurnal in behaviour and mainly terrestrial habits, though they sleep in hollowed-out tree trunks. They are voracious insect predators and are analagous to certain small mouse-like Dasyurid marsupials in Australia in their ecological niche.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPMAM29PH) Adult, Departamento Amambay (Philip Myers undated).
FIGURE 2 -  (FPMAM438PH) Adult, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Helen Pheasey December 2011 - Para La Tierra)
FIGURE 3 -  (FPMAM438PH) Adult male specimen lateral view, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra)
FIGURE 4 -  (FPMAM439PH) Same specimen dorsal view (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 5 -  (FPMAM440PH) Adult male specimen ventral view (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 6 -  (FPMAM441PH) Adult male specimen head lateral (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 7 -  (FPMAM442PH) Adult male specimen forefoot (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 8 -  (FPMAM443PH) Adult male specimen hind foot upperside (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 9 -  (FPMAM444PH) Adult male specimen hind foot underside (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 10 -  (FPMAM445PH) Adult male specimen tail (Karina Atkinson July 2010
- Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 11 - (FPMAM27PH) Juvenile, Mbaracay˙ Forest Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Alberto Esquivel undated).
FIGURE 12 - (FPMAM28PH) Same individual (Alberto Esquivel undated).
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GREY SHORT-TAILED OPOSSUM Monodelphis domestica 
DORSAL (FPMAM322PH); VENTRAL (FPMAM323PH); LATERAL (FPMAM324PH)
Skulls courtesy of Ulf Drechsel www.pybio.org
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CLICK THE HANDBOOK LINK ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD OTHER PDFS OF THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS FOR THE FAUNA PARAGUAY HANDBOOK OF PARAGUAYAN MAMMALS VOLUME 1: DIDELPHIMORPHIA.
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:

Macrini TE
2004 - Monodelphis domestica - Mammalian Species 760: p1-8.
Myers P, Espinosa R, Parr CS, Jones T, Hammond GS, Dewey A 2006 - The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed December 2007.