Lagorchestes asomatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lagorchestes asomatus
Species Authority: Finlayson, 1943
Common Name(s):
English Central Hare Wallaby, Least Hare-wallaby, Central Hare-wallaby, Least Hare Wallaby

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Burbidge, A. & Johnson, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because Lagorchestes asomatus is known only from a single skull taken in 1932, although oral history suggests that it might have survived until the early 1960s.
1996 Extinct
1994 Extinct (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Extinct (IUCN 1990)
1988 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)
1982 Extinct (Thornback and Jenkins 1982)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This endemic Australian species is known only from a single skull found in the Lake Mackay area on the Western Australia – Northern Territory border. It has not been recorded since the collection of this specimen in 1932. There are oral history records presumed to be of this species up to the early 1960s (Burbidge et al. 1988).
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabited desert sand plains and dunes with spinifex (Triodia) hummock grassland (Burbidge et al. 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Important factors in the decline of hare-wallabies are predation by introduced cats and foxes, and possibly changed fire regimes (A. Burbidge pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Burbidge, A. & Johnson, K. 2008. Lagorchestes asomatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 May 2015.
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