big-eared opossum (Didelphis aurita)
English: "Didelphis aurita" in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Português: "Didelphis aurita no Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Date 28 May 2012
Author Christian Roger Dockhorn
The big-eared opossum (Didelphis aurita) also known as a saruê is an opossum species from South America. It is found in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This species, which was considered a population of the common opossum (D. marsupialis) for some time, was originally described as D. azarae by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1824, but this name was incorrectly given to the white-eared opossum (D. albiventris) for over 160 years. As such, the name azarae has been abandoned. Order: Didelphimorphia, Family: Didelphidae, Subfamily: Didelphinae.