Pseudomys auritus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Pseudomys auritus Thomas, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Long-eared Mouse
Taxonomic Source(s): Medlin, G.C. 2008. Long-eared Mouse, Pseudomys auritus. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The Mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 615-616. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.
Taxonomic Notes: No subspecies are recognized.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2012-12-31
Assessor(s): Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Medlin, G.

Pseudomys auritus is listed as Extinct as it is only described from specimens collected in the 1800s and it has not been seen or collected since.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

The Long-eared Mouse was previously distributed from Kangaroo Island and the Coorong through south-eastern South Australia to the basalt plains of south-western Victoria (Medlin 2008).

Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
Australia (South Australia, Victoria)
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Population [top]

Population:The species is extinct.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Long-eared Mouse was the largest of all known Pseudomys (with the exception of a subfossil Pseudomys from the southern Kimberley: Start et al. 2012); large rodents (those within the ‘critical weight range’) have become extinct or seriously declined disproportionately compared with smaller species. Areas in which it occurred had a mean annual rainfall of between 470 and 800 mm, and the vegetation included open heath, dense mallee, open scrub, and open woodland and forest with a dense understorey (Medlin 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Extinction likely due to a combination of predation by feral cats, land clearance and overgrazing by livestock.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is extinct.

Citation: Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J. 2016. Pseudomys auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T75927882A75927900. . Downloaded on 22 July 2018.
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