Definition of mouse opossum in US English:

mouse opossum


  • A mouse-like opossum with large ears and no marsupial pouch, native to Central and South America.

    Genus Marmosa, family Didelphidae: several species

    • ‘Higher up in large maple trees, weasel-like tayras chase mouse opossums through dense vine tangles and across orchids and bromeliads, while large fulvous owls emit their barking hoots.’
    • ‘He suggested that Robinson's mouse opossum was a major nest predator at his study site.’
    • ‘These creatures are prey to vertebrates like birds, mouse opossums, salamanders, and frogs.’
    • ‘The murine opossum is one of 41 recognized species of mouse opossums widespread from southern Mexico to Patagonia.’
    • ‘The gray slender mouse opossum appears highly insectivorous, feeding mostly on insects belonging to the orders Coleoptera and Orthoptera.’
    • ‘Others, such as the common mouse opossum, live and feed in the middle canopy or the lower regions of the trees.’
    • ‘There are many keystone fauna species and species of conservation interest, including the jaguar, tapir, harpy eagle, and two Venezuelan endemics, Tyler's mouse opossum and the Roraima mouse.’
    • ‘Also called mouse opossums and rat opossums, their appearance is more suggestive of shrews.’
    • ‘It is thought to be nocturnal, arboreal and eat fruit and insects, like other mouse opossums of the genus Marmosops.’
    • ‘We have noticed that our mouse opossums are less active and their body temperature decreases at cooler temperatures.’
    • ‘In Brazil, the living descendants are a diverse group of opossums and mouse opossums, that have adapted to a range of habitats.’
    • ‘Among the other opossum species are the tiny mouse opossums and the yapok, or water opossum, which has webbed feet and leads a semiaquatic existence.’
    • ‘Occasionally mammals, such as silky anteaters, sloths, mouse opossums and monkeys are brought into the station by locals folks seeking to sell what they have.’