Lagorchestes leporides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lagorchestes leporides
Species Authority: (Gould, 1841)
Common Name(s):
English Eastern Hare Wallaby

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because this species has not been recorded since 1890.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to south-eastern Australia. The last specimen was collected in 1890 (Strahan 2008).
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little-known species appears to have inhabited open grassland plains (Strahan 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has been suggested that an important factor in the decline of hare-wallabies has been the alteration of grassland habitat through trampling and grazing by sheep and cattle. The removal of aboriginal Australians from large areas by European settlers may also have contributed to loss of hare-wallabies by resulting in the removal of regular winter burning regimes and increasing the likelihood of devastating lightening-caused fires in summer months.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Any reports of the persistence of this species, including finds of recent remains, should be investigated to determine whether it is possibly still extant.

Citation: Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop 2008. Lagorchestes leporides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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