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Conilurus albipes

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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)
Justification:
Listed as Extinct because this species has not been recorded since 1860-1862, despite relatively intensive survey work.
History:
1996 Extinct
1994 Extinct (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Extinct (IUCN 1990)
1988 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)
1982 Extinct (Thornback and Jenkins 1982)

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:
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.

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. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 December 2014.
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