Perameles eremiana 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Peramelemorphia Peramelidae

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Extinct (EX)
1994 Extinct (Ex)
1990 Extinct (Ex)
1988 Extinct (Ex)
1986 Extinct (Ex)
1982 Extinct (Ex)

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).
Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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 2008: e.T16570A6095488. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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