Marmosa andersoni Pine, 1972

Heavy-browed mouse opossum, Anderson's mouse opossum



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1954

Rediscovered in 1997

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: FMNH 84252 (skin and skull of a young adult male) (Voss, 2022:20)

Type locality: Hacienda Villa Carmen (12.83° S, 71.25° W; 600 m) on the Río Cosñipata, Cusco department, Peru (Voss, 2022:20)






Original scientific description:

Pine, R. H. (1972). A new subgenus and species of murine opossum (genus Marmosa) from Peru. Journal of Mammalogy 53: 279-282.


Other references:

Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. (eds). (1996). 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. pp. 378. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Gardner, A. L. (2008). Order Didelphimorphia. In: A.L. Gardner (ed.), Mammals of South America, pp. 669. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). (1994). 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Solari, S. (2015). Marmosa andersoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T12812A22174790. Downloaded on 15 February 2017.

Solari, S. and Pine, R. (2008). Rediscovery and redescription of Marmosa (Stegomarmosa) andersoni Pine (Mammalia: Didelphimorphia: Didelphidae), an endemic Peruvian mouse opossum, with a reassessment of its affinities. Zootaxa 1756: 49-61.

Voss, Robert S. (2022). An annotated checklist of recent opossums (Mammalia: Didelphidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 55: 1-74, 4 tbls.

Voss, Robert S., Gutiérrez, E. E., Solari, S., Rossi, R. V. and  Jansa, S. A. (2014). Phylogenetic relationships of mouse opossums (Didelphidae, Marmosa) with a revised subgeneric classification and notes on sympatric diversity. American Museum Novitates 3817: 1-27.

Wells, S.M., Pyle, R.M. and Collins, N.M. (compilers). (1983). The IUCN Invertebrate Red Data Book. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Zeballos, H. et al. (2019). New record of Marmosa (Stegomarmosa) andersoni Pine, 1972 (Didelphimorphia, Didelphidae), a rare and endemic Peruvian marsupial. Check List 15: 119-123.


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