First Record of the Opossum Didelphis marsupialis from the Island of Gaspar Grande off North-Western Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Stevland P. Charles, John C. Murphy, Joshua Traub, Mike G. Rutherford

Abstract


Gaspar Grande is a small satellite island about 133 hectares in area and 975 m off the north-western peninsula of Trinidad. The island is covered by tropical deciduous seasonal forest and fringed by many holiday homes and guest houses. Our 2011 observation of Didelphis marsupialis, coupled with a previous report of ‘manicous on the island’ by a long time owner of a Gaspar Grande holiday home (SPC 2007, pers. obs.), suggest that a population of these opossums is resident on the island. However, we were unable to discover any published records of wild native non-volant mammals on Gaspar Grande.


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