ammonites
banner
Gateway to the Paleobiology Database
Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus 1758 (common opossum)

Osteichthyes - Didelphimorphia - Didelphidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 45701

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Belongs to Didelphis according to C. H. Tyndale-Biscoe and R. B. MacKenzie 1976

Sister taxa: Didelphis albiventris, Didelphis solimoensis, Didelphis virginiana, Didelphys abrupta, Didelphys grandaeva, Didelphys juga, Didelphys triforata, Didelphys biforata, Didelphys perplana, Didelphys lujanensis

Ecology: scansorial omnivore-carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): M1 5.21 x 5.16, M2 5.63 x 5.83, M3 5.92 x 6.49, M4 4.43 x 5.44, m1 5.33 x 3.21, m2 5.62 x 3.46, m3 6.05 x 3.55, m4 6.28 x 3.23, head length 131.5, skull length 97.8

Estimated body mass: 1.66 kg based on M1 length, M1 width, M2 length, M2 width, M3 length, M3 width, M4 length, M4 width, m1 length, m1 width, m2 length, m2 width, m3 length, m3 width, m4 length, and m4 width