Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Peramelemorphia Chaeropodidae

Scientific Name: Chaeropus ecaudatus
Species Authority: (Ogilby, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Pig-footed Bandicoot
French Bandicoot Pieds De Cochon, Bandicoot À Pieds De Cochon Sans Queue, Bandicoot À Pied De Porc, Péramèle Anoure
Spanish Cangurito Piedecerdo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Burbidge, A., Dickman, C. & Johnson, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because it has not been located since the last specimen was collected in 1901. Aboriginal records indicate populations surviving into the 1950s, but there are no indications that it still persists.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Extinct (EX)
1994 Extinct (Ex)
1990 Extinct (Ex)
1988 Extinct (Ex)
1986 Extinct (Ex)
1982 Extinct (Ex)
1965 Status inadequately known-survey required or data sought

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Pig-footed Bandicoot occurred in Australia. It was recorded from Western Australia, through South Australia and the southern part of the Northern Territory, to south-western New South Wales and western Victoria. The last known specimen was collected in 1901. Reports of sightings in central Australia during the 1920s were unconfirmed. There were recollections of this species by the Pintupi people in the Great Sandy and northern Gibson Deserts into the 1950s (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: It was found in semi-arid and arid areas such as open sclerophyll woodland, mallee, heath, and grassland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main causes of this species’ demise are unknown, but it declined rapidly following European settlement (Johnson and Burbidge 2008). Destruction of habitat by rabbits and predation by foxes had been thought to be major factors, but these species were not yet present at the time Pig-footed Bandicoot populations crashed. Cats, however, were present and may have been a factor; disease or destruction of habitat by sheep might also have played a role (Johnson and Burbidge 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.
It is listed on CITES Appendix I.

Citation: Burbidge, A., Dickman, C. & Johnson, K. 2008. Chaeropus ecaudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T4322A10787179. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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