CAENOLESTIDAE (Shrew Opossums)

The Caenolestidae is a family of marsupial mammals of the Order Paucituberculata consisting
of three living genera: Caenolestes (three species, northwestern South America), Lestoros
(one species, southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia), and Rhyncholestes (one species,
southern Chile). The family's distribution is highly relictual, as a number of additional families
from the order are known in the fossil record.

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