|Scientific Name:||Chaeropus ecaudatus|
|Species Authority:||(Ogilby, 1838)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Extinct ver 3.1|
|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.
|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).|
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|Population:||It is presumed to be extinct.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||It was found in semi-arid and arid areas such as open sclerophyll woodland, mallee, heath, and grassland.|
|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).|
There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.
It is listed on CITES Appendix I.
Burbidge, A. A., Johnson, K. A., Fuller, P. J. and Southgate, R. I. 1988. Aboriginal knowledge of the mammals of the central deserts of Australia. Australian Wildlife Research 15: 9-39.
Johnson, K. A. and Burbidge, A. A. 2008. Pig-footed Bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 172-173. Reed New Holland, Sydney, New South Wales, USA.
|Citation:||Burbidge, A., Dickman, C. & Johnson, K. 2008. Chaeropus ecaudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.|