You Never Hear Much About Shrew-Opossums

From TetZoo Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
You Never Hear Much About Shrew-Opossums
Tetrapod Zoology ver 3
Published 22 March 2015
Link [1]
Comments Pending
Word Count 1308

You never really hear much about shrew-opossums

Summary[edit]

Caenolestids are more than faunivorous "marsupial rats". They primarily prey on arthropods (but also small mammals, worms, fruit, and fungi) and somehow large lower incisors are involved. Also strange are their three-chambered stomachs, lips with lateral flaps, lack of a pouch, paired corkscrew-shaped penises, bounding locomotion (in one species), and a tail used for winter fat storage (in some species). They're probably substantially more strange than this as their ecology and behavior is poorly-known.

Mentioned Species[edit]

Paucituberculata[edit]

Palaeothentoidea[edit]

  • "If you’re wondering what the hell a palaeothentoid is… I suppose I’ll have to come back to them at another time."

Caenolestoidea[edit]

  • Caenolestes
    • Caenolestes condorensis
    • Caenolestes sangay
    • Caenolestes caniventer
    • Caenolestes fuliginosus
  • Lestoros
    • Lestoros inca
  • Rhyncholestes
  • Stilotherium

Rodentia[edit]

  • Akodon

Insecta[edit]

Coleoptera[edit]

Staphylinidae[edit]
  • Chilamblyopinus piceus

Notable Comments[edit]

Darren (#8) brings up the possibility of a marsupial being a universal feature of crown mammals. Mike Keesey (#16) wonders if there were pouches on cynognathids, gorgonopsians, and sphenacodontids. Calling all speculative zoologists!

FU[edit]

Pending