The common shrew opossums (genus Caenolestes), are members of the family Caenolestidae. They are found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The most recently discovered species is C. sangay.[2]

Common shrew opossums[1]
Caenolestes sangay. Foto Jorge Brito.jpg
C. sangay
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Paucituberculata
Family: Caenolestidae
Genus: Caenolestes
Thomas, 1895
Type species
Hyracodon fuliginosus
Tomes, 1863


  1. ^ Gardner, A.L. (2005). "Genus Caenolestes". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Ojala-Barbour, R.; Pinto, C. M.; Brito, J.; Albuja, L.; Lee, T. E.; Patterson, B. D. (October 2013). "A new species of shrew-opossum (Paucituberculata: Caenolestide) with a phylogeny of extant caenolestids". Journal of Mammalogy. 94 (5): 967–982. doi:10.1644/13-MAMM-A-018.1.