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Mammals

The avifauna is listed in
Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats
Mouse opossum
Genus species
Catita (?)
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae

RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Mouse opossum
19/11/2009; Mãe-da-lua private reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. © Hermann Redies

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.

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Mouse opossum
19/11/2009; Mãe-da-lua private reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. © Hermann Redies

Figure 2. Same animal as in Figure 1.

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