Water opossum

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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Didelphimorphia
Family: Didelphidae
Subfamily: Didelphinae
Genus: Chironectes
Illiger, 1811
Species: C. minimus
Binomial name
Chironectes minimus
(Zimmermann, 1780)

The water opossum (Chironectes minimus), also locally known as the yapok, an aquatic marsupial are member of the opossum family with black and grey waterproof fur, webbed hind feet and a backward-pointing pouch in both sexes. This creature is found in the freshwater streams and lakes in Mexico, Central and South America to Argentina.

Diet[change | change source]

The yapok's webbed back feet helps it to chase its prey of fish, frogs, and crustaceans.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ganeri, Anita (2000). Jungle Animals Over 100 Questions and Answers to Things You Want to Know. Dubai, U.A.E. ISBN 0-75254-909-X.