Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute have established the gray short-tailed opossum
, a small marsupial from South America, as such a model, and tested an over-the-counter facial lotion containing SPF15 sunscreen for its ability to prevent UV-induced melanoma.
In their latest research, the team have shown that whisking like that of rodents, using these active sensing strategies, is also seen in a small South American marsupial -- the grey short-tailed opossum
. This animal has many similarities to an early mammal that would have lived more than 125 million years ago; that is, around the same time that the evolutionary lines leading to modern rodents and marsupials diverged.
* provide appropriate client education to new short-tailed opossum owners.
* provide the correct diet for a short-tailed opossum.
This field work has included the collection of two specimens of short-tailed opossum
that did not match the description of any Monodelphis species previously recognized for the country.
Release date- 01082019 - Short-tailed opossums
are cute little marsupials which live in South America, but a new discovery shows they had a fierce fossil relative.
They cover the unique needs, special considerations, and concerns of these species, then the behavior, habitats, and diet of small mammals (ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, degus, hamsters and gerbils, rats and mice, short-tailed opossums
, and sugar gliders), birds, reptiles, amphibians, scorpions, tarantulas, hermit crabs, alpacas, llamas, miniature pigs, and backyard chickens (in a new chapter).
Lead researcher Yegor Malashichev of Saint Petersburg State University in Russia studied kangaroos for the first time, after previously focusing on handedness in jumping frogs, walking frogs and grey short-tailed opossums
, Gulf News reported.
Behavioural observations of singly-housed grey short-tailed opossums
(Monodelphis domestica) in standard and enriched environments.
Two examples of marsupials commonly kept as pets are sugar gliders and Brazilian short-tailed opossums
This is true at least sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and grey short-tailed opossums
(Monodelphis domestica), according to the study.
A molecular perspective on the diversification of short-tailed opossums