Potorous platyops 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Potoroidae

Scientific Name: Potorous platyops
Species Authority: (Gould, 1844)
Common Name(s):
English Broad-faced Potoroo

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 it has not been recorded in more than 100 years despite extensive surveys.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Extinct (EX)
1994 Extinct (Ex)
1990 Extinct (Ex)
1988 Extinct (Ex)
1986 Extinct (Ex)
1982 Extinct (Ex)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to Australia, where it once ranged from coastal South Australia westwards to Albany, Western Australia and northwards through the wheatbelt of Western Australia, at least as far north as the Geraldton region (Kitchener and Friend 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct. The last known record was in the 1875 when five specimens were sold to the National Museum in Victoria (Kitchener and Friend 2008). Appropriate, targeted surveys have not recorded this species since.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is very poorly known. It is not believed to have occurred in forested areas (Kitchener and Friend 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Presumably this species declined through feral cats and possibly disease.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.

Citation: Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop. 2008. Potorous platyops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18103A7659664. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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