there is a great deal of variation of size, coloration and other
details within the genus. Head and body length ranges are from
85-185 mm, tail lengths 90-280 mm. Coloration is also variable,
but almost all species have brown or black markings around the
eyes. The pelage is mostly short and velvety, and the tail is
They have no pouch, and depending
on the species have 9-19 mammae which are abdominal. Some may
also have pectoral mammae.
are primarily forest dwellers, with ranges from seal level to
about 3,400 meters. They are mostly nocturnal and arboreal, building
nests of leaves and twigs in trees or abandoned bird’s nests.
Banana plantations are a favorite habitat of this genus.
diet consist mostly of insects and fruits but may also include
small lizards, rodents and birds' eggs.
velutinus are found in SE Brazil.