Conilurus albipes 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Conilurus albipes
Species Authority: (Lichtenstein, 1829)
Common Name(s):
English White-footed Rabbit-rat, White-footed Rabbit Rat, Rabbit-eared Tree-rat, White-footed Tree-rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Baillie, J.E.M.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Extinct because this species has not been recorded since 1860-1862, despite relatively intensive survey work.
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 Australia, where it appears to have been distributed in south-eastern South Australia, Victoria, southern and eastern New South Wales and possibly in extreme south-eastern Queensland (Dixon 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is presumed to be extinct. It has not been recorded since 1860-1862 in Victoria, where it was at one time common and even regarded as a pest. Although it was widely distributed, it was apparently not abundant (Dixon 2008). Surveys conducted over the years have not found this species.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It was found in areas of eucalyptus woodland, where animals were recorded nesting in hollow branches. One female was known to have had a litter of three young (Dixon 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has been suggested that the possible causes for extinction of this species were habitat disruption by introduced livestock and rabbits, and predation by cats.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Baillie, J.E.M. 2008. Conilurus albipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5223A11119674. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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