::Water opossum


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The water opossum (Chironectes minimus), also locally known as the yapok {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, is a marsupial of the family Didelphidae.<ref name = MSW3>* {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> It is the only member of its genus, Chironectes. This semiaquatic creature is found in and near the freshwater streams and lakes in Mexico, Central and South America to Argentina, and is the most aquatic living marsupial (the lutrine opossum also has aquatic habits). It is also the only living marsupial in which both sexes have a pouch. The thylacine, commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tiger, also exhibited this trait, but is now believed to be extinct.

The animal lives in bankside burrows, emerging after dusk to swim and search for fish, crustaceans and other aquatic animals, which it eats on the bank.

Water opossum sections
Intro  Origin of the name  Physical appearance  Aquatic adaptations  Reproduction  Fossil record  Subspecies  References  External links  

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