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Notomys mordax Thomas, 1922:317

Darling Downs hopping mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1846 or before (Ride, 1970:202)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


The Darling Downs hopping mouse is only known from a single skull from Darling Downs, Queensland, believed to have been collected sometime during the 1840's (Watts, 2008). According to (Ride, 1970:202) it was among material which Charles Coxen sent to his brother-in-law John Gould, and which was registered in the British Museum in 1846.



New South Wales (inferred) and Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia






Holotype: BMNH (damaged skull)






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1922). Two new jerboa-rats ([i]Notomys[/i]). Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 9, 9: 315-317.


Other references:

Baillie, J.E.M. (2008). Notomys mordax. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 18 September 2012.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2011). Notomys mordax in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:42:41 +1100.

Endangered Species Committee of the Total Environment Centre. (1983). Our Wildlife in Peril. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Reed.

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.090 kg min. mass estimate]

Iredale, Tom and Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1934). A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Mem. Aust. Mus. 6: i-xii, 1-122.

Mack, G. 1961. Mammals from South-western Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum,

Mahoney, J. A. (1977). Skull characters and relationships of Notomys mordax Thomas (Rodentia: Muridae), a poorly known Queensland Hopping-mouse. Australian Journal of Zoology 25(4): 749-754. doi: 10.1071/ZO9770749 [Abstract]

Mahoney, J. A., and B. J. Richardson. 1988. Muridae. Pp. 154-192, in Zoological catalogue of Australia. Mammalia (J. L. Bannister, et. al.). Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 5: 1-274.

Ride, W. D. L. (1970). A Guide to the Native Mammals of Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Thornback, Jane and Jenkins, Martin (compilers). (1982). The IUCN Mammal Red Data Book. Part 1: Threatened Mammalian Taxa of the Americas and the Australasian Zoogeographic Region (Excluding Cetacea). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. 516 pp.

Watts, C. H. S. (1995). Darling Downs Hopping-mouse, Notomys mordax, p. 581. In: Strahan, Ronald (ed.). The Mammals of Australia. Chatswood, N.S.W.: Reed Books. 756 pp.

Watts, C. H. S. (2008). Darling Downs Hopping-mouse, Notomys mordax. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 609 pp.. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia. (Availible online:

Watts, C. H. S. and Aslin, H. J. (1981). The Rodents of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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