Petrogale burbidgei 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Macropodidae

Scientific Name: Petrogale burbidgei
Species Authority: Kitchener & Sanson, 1978
Common Name(s):
English Monjon

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Burbidge, A., McKenzie, N. & Start, T.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because it has a relatively small distribution and might be declining. More research is needed into the distribution, abundance, and potential threats to this species. There is some evidence that changing fire regimes could pose a threat to this species, however, there is no current research of its affects on the populations. The species approaches Vulnerable under criterion B, and could qualify if more evidence on threats is presented.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Australia, where it is found in the north-west Kimberley of Western Australia. It is present on a few nearby islands: Bigge, Boongaree, Katers, and possibly Wollaston (based on a sight record). The only known localities on the mainland are in and around the Prince Regent Nature Reserve to the Mitchell Plateau (Pearson et al. 2008). There have been limited surveys of the mainland and offshore islands.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Western Australia)
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Population [top]

Population: It is common in suitable habitat on the mainland, but this habitat is limited (Pearson et al. 2008). The population is abundant on Bigge Island (ca. 18,000 ha).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in rugged sandstone areas – screes and rock piles, near open woodland vine thickets.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The current threats to the species are unknown. Predation by feral cats may be affecting abundance on the mainland. Changed fire regimes may also be affecting the species. Future exploitation of bauxite deposits on the Mitchell Plateau could have a potential negative impact, though the deposits are not within its preferred habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Recommended actions (Maxwell et al. 1996) include: survey to clarify distribution, abundance, and habitat requirements, especially on the mainland; identify populations for regular monitoring; conduct research aimed at understanding species' conservation biology. The four known island populations are outside protected areas.

Citation: Burbidge, A., McKenzie, N. & Start, T. 2008. Petrogale burbidgei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16744A6348472. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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