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SPECIES Chironectes minimus

Author:Zimmermann, 1780.
Citation:Geogr. Gesch. Mensch. Vierf. Thiere, 2: 317.
Common Name:Water Opossum
Type Locality:"Gujana;" restricted to Cayenne, French Guiana (Cabrera, 1958:44).
Distribution:Oaxaca and Tabasco, México, south through Central America to Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Perú, Venezuela, the Guianas, Paraguay, and NE Argentina.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (nt)
Comments:Reviewed by Marshall (1978d, Mammalian Species, 109). The spelling variegatus Illiger, 1815, is a nomen nudum. The spellings memia Desmarest, 1803, memina Boddaert, 1784, memina F. Cuvier, 1825, memmina Desmarest, 1804, and memmina Muirhead, 1819, are incorrect subsequent spellings of minimus Zimmermann.
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