The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Bettongia pusilla McNamara, 1997:98

Nullabor dwarf bettong, Thompson's potoroo



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: after 1500 AD

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


This species is only known from sub-fossil remains (Baynes, 1987; Lundelius & Turnbull, 1989; McNamara, 1997; Prideaux et. al. 2007)



Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia and South Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: P35450 ("right dentary")






Original scientific description:

McNamara, J. C. (1997). Some smaller macropod fossils of South Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 117: 97-106.


Other references:

Baynes, A. (1987). The original mammal fauna of the Nullarbor and southern peripheral regions: evidence from skeletal remains in superficial cave deposits, pp. 139-152, 401-402. In: McKenzie, N. L. and Robinson, A. C. (eds.). A Biological Survey of the Nullarbor Region South and Western Australia in 1984. Adelaide: S. Aust. Dept. Environment and Planning.

Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J. 2016. Bettongia pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136805A21960843. Downloaded on 14 August 2018.

Lundelius, E. L. and Turnbull, W. D. (1984). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Macropodidae: Potorinae. Fieldiana, Geology, new series no. 14. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

Lundelius, E. L., and W. D. Turnbull. (1989). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Part VII: Macropodidae: Sthenurinae, Macropodinae, with a review of the marsupial portion of the fauna. Fieldiana, Geology, new series 17: 1-71.

Prideaux, G.J., J. A. Long, L. K. Ayliffe, J. C. Hellstrom, B. Pillans, W. E. Boles, M. N. Hutchinson, R. G. Roberts, M. L. Cupper, L. J. Arnold, P. D. Devine, and N. M. Warburton. (2007). An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia. Nature 445: 422-425.


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