Pseudantechinus mimulus (Thomas, 1906:540)

Alexandria false antechinus, Carpentarian antechinus, Carpentarian Pseudantechinus, Carpentarian false antechinus



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Phascogale mimulus Thomas, 1906:540 (basionym)


P. mimulus was treated as a synonym of Parantechinus macdonnellensis by (Ride, 1964:62), but is treated as a valid species nowadays.


Conservation Status

Last record: 1905

Rediscovered in 1967

IUCN RedList status: Endangered


Four island populations plus occurs on the mainland (Baxter et al., 2021).



Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (female; skin & skull) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:24)

Type locality: "Alexandria Station, N.T., about 19°S, 137°'E" (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:24)






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1906). On mammals from Northern Australia presented to the National Museum by Sir Wm. Ingram, Bt., and the Hon. John Forrest. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 2: 536-543.


Other references:

Barden, Paul. (2021). Groote Eylandt Bush Blitz: Terrestrial Vertebrate Survey of Groote Eylandt: Bats. Groote Eylandt Bush Blitz – June 2021. Unpublished report.

Barnes, J. C., Sanders, M. G. and Burnett, S. E. (2023). Optimising camera trap surveys for the Carpentarian Pseudantechinus (Pseudantechinus mimulus) in northwest Queensland. Austral Ecology 48(2): 233-250.

Baxter, P. W. J., Rogers, A. M. and Kark, S. (2021). Saving species on Australia Islands - Final Report. NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub Project 4.2.1 report, Brisbane.

Burnett, S. E., Johnson, K. A. and Woinarski, John C. Z. (2023). Carpentarian Pseudantechinus, Pseudantechinus mimulus, pp. 74-75. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Crowley, G. M. (ed.). (2008). Management Guidelines for the Threatened Species of the Northern Territory. Version 1. Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.Generated from on 9th September, 2008.

Curtis, Lee K., Dennis, Andrew J., McDonald, Keith R., Kyne, Peter M. and Debus, Stephen J. S. (eds.). Queensland's Threatened Animals. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing. xv + 449 pp.

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.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 58]

Johnson, K. A. and Langford, D. G. (1995). Carpentarian Pseudantechinus, Pseudantechinus mimulus, pp. 77-78. In: Strahan, Ronald (ed.). The Mammals of Australia. Chatswood, N.S.W.: Reed Books. 756 pp.

Johnson, K. A., Woinarski, J. C. Z. and Langford, D. G. (2008). Carpentarian Pseudantechinus, Pseudantechinus mimulus. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 71-72. Reed New Holland, Sydney, New South Wales, USA.

Keith, K. (1968). Mammals of the Pellew Islands. Mimag 19: 19–21. [relevant reference?]

Kitchener, D. J. (1991). Pseudantechinus mimulus (Thomas, 1906) (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae): rediscovery and redescription. Records of the Western Australian Museum 15(1): 191-202.

Kitchener, D.J. and Caputi, N. (1988). A new species of false antechinus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) from Western Australia, with remarks on the generic classification within the Parantechini. Records of the Western Australian Museum 14(1): 35-59.

Kutt, A. S., Kern, P. L., Schoenefuss, P., Moffatt, K., Janetzki, H., Hurwood, D. and Baker, A. M. (2020). Diet of the eastern barn owl (Tyto delicatula) in the Simpson Desert reveals significant new records and a different mammal fauna to survey data. Australian Mammalogy 43(2): 248-251.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1988). Dasyuridae, pp. 14-33. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 5: Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

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Sanders, M. G., and Slater, L. (2004). New distribution and habitat data for the Carpentarian false antechinus (Pseudantechinus mimulus). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 49: 740.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

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Woinarski, J. C. Z. (2004). National Multi-species Recovery Plan for the Carpentarian Antechinus Pseudantechinus mimulus, Butler's Dunnart Sminthopsis butleri and Northern Hopping-mouse Notomys aquilo, 2004 - 2009. Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure Planning and Environment, Darwin, Australia.

Woinarski, J. and Dickman, C. (2008). Pseudantechinus mimulus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 24 February 2013.

Woolley, P. A. (2011). Pseudantechinus mimulus: a little known dasyurid marsupial. Australian Mammalogy 33(1): 57-67. [Abstract]

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