Perameles eremiana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Perameles eremiana
Species Authority: Spencer, 1897
Common Name(s):
English Desert Bandicoot
French Péramèle Du Désert
Taxonomic Notes: This species may be conspecific with Perameles bougainville (Gordon 2008).

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. & Aplin, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because this species has not been collected since 1943 when one specimen was taken in Western Australia.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to western and central Australia. It was last collected in 1943. Aboriginal history indicates survival into the 1950s and perhaps 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: The species was associated with spinifex grassland areas in arid, sandy areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its population decline was probably due to introduced predators: cats and foxes. Changes to the fire regime have also been blamed for species losses in inland arid areas of Australia – the gradual patchwork burning by aboriginal people was replaced by intensive "lightening-caused" wildfires which destroyed habitat diversity. Rabbits also likely had a major impact on its habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.

Citation: Burbidge, A., Johnson, K. & Aplin, K. 2008. Perameles eremiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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