Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Leggadina forresti
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1906)
Common Name(s):
English Central Short-tailed Mouse, Forrest's Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Robinson, T. & Read, J.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern because, although it has a patchy distribution and fluctuating populations, it has a wide distribution, a presumed large population, it lacks major threats, and it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the arid and semi-arid areas of central Australia, from the plains of Lake Eyre Basin to the Northern Territory. It is absent from the Central Desert. It is also not found continuously throughout range; patchy distribution.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: Population levels fluctuate with rainfall.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This nocturnal species is found in arid areas where it is associated with tussock grasslands, cracking clay plains, and low shrublands on plains with loam, clay, or stony soils (Reid 2008). It is rarely recorded from mulga woodlands, spinifex grasslands, rocky-hills, and areas of sand dune (Reid 2008). Females give birth to a litter of between three and four young, and reproduction is believed to be generally related to rainfall (Reid 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major, widespread threats to this species. High levels of grazing, particularly by sheep, is a localized threat. Feral cats and red foxes may be a localized threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in some protected areas.

Citation: Robinson, T. & Read, J. 2008. Leggadina forresti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T11385A3276232. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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