Dasycercus cristicauda (Krefft, 1867:435)

Crest-tailed mulgara



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1867 or earlier (date unclear) (Newman-Martin et al., 2023)



southern and south-western Australia

Type locality: Lake Alexandrina (see Fusco et al., 2017) or near Port Augusta (see Parnaby et al., 2017)


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology




Holotype: AM M.11342 (Newman-Martin et al., 2023)


Other specimens:

WAM 67.10.74 (skull; sex indeterminate [subfossil]) (Newman-Martin et al., 2023)

WAM 2020.1.487 (dentary; sex indeterminate [subfossil]) (Newman-Martin et al., 2023)






Original scientific description:

Krefft, Gerard. (1867). On the classification of the small Dasyuridae of Australia, with descriptions of two new genera and one new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1866: 431-435.


Other references:

Fusco, D. A., Mcdowell, M. C., Medlin, G. and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2017). Fossils reveal late Holocene diversity and post-European decline of the terrestrial mammals of the Murray–Darling Depression. Wildlife Research 44: 60-71.

Newman-Martin, Jake, Travouillon, Kenny J., Warburton, Natalie, Barham, Milo and Blyth, Alison J. (2023). Taxonomic review of the genus Dasycercus (Dasyuromorphia: Dasyuridae) using modern and subfossil material; and the description of three new species. Alcheringa.

Parnaby, H., Ingleby, S. and Divljan, A. (2017). Type specimens of non-fossil mammals in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Records of the Australian Museum 69: 277-420.


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