Figure 1. The wind had blown a large syntetic sack into a tree close to my house. When I pulled the sack off the tree, and checked its contents, I found nothing in it, except a little mouse opossum. I carefully carried it into a sunny spot, released it there, and took some pictures (foto above, and fig. 2) during the first moments when the animal was sitting in the sun, still a little confused. It ran away a few instants later.
I did not measure this creature, but I would estimate that head and body were less than 10cm. The tail was far longer. I cannot tell whether this was a young, or an adult. In Eisenberg and Redford 1999, plate 1, a few similar marsurpials are shown, and I think that our individual could belong to genus Gracilinanus or Marmosops.To top of page
Figure 2. Same animal as in Figure 1.To top of page