|Scientific Name:||Caloprymnus campestris|
|Species Authority:||(Gould, 1843)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Extinct ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop|
|Reviewer(s):||Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
Listed as Extinct because there have been no confirmed records of the species since 1935 despite extensive research within its habitat.
|Range Description:||This species was endemic to central Australia. There have been no reliable records of the species since 1935, but there were unconfirmed sightings in Queensland following periods of rain in 1956-1957 and 1974-1975 (Carr and Robinson 1997).|
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|Population:||It is presumed to be extinct. It was apparently never abundant (Smith and Johnson 2008).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The desert rat-kangaroo was found on gibber plains, clay pans, and sandridges. Individual animals formed shallow nests under a bush or in the open (Smith and Johnson 2008).|
|Major Threat(s):||Direct habitat alteration by humans and introduced predators (cats and foxes) contributed to the extinction of this species.|
There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.
It is listed on CITES Appendix I.
Carr, S. G. and Robinson, A. C. 1997. The present status and distribution of the Desert Rat-kangaroo Caloprymnus campestris (Marsupialia: campestris). South Australian Naturalist 72: 4-27.
Smith, M. J. and Johnson, P. M. 2008. Desert Rat-kangaroo, Caloprymnus campestris. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 295-296. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.
|Citation:||Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop 2008. Caloprymnus campestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 June 2015.|