Sminthopsis murina constricta Spencer, 1896

Slender-tailed dunnart, Central common dunnart, Slender-tailed pouched mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Sminthopsis macrura constricta Spencer, 1896


This subspecies is likely invalid (Archer, 1976; ICZN, 1981). Treated as incertae sedis ("available for homonymy only") by (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:33), who cite (Archer, 1976; ICZN, 1981).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: 1910?



South Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: female, whereabouts unknown (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:33)

Type locality: "Oodnadatta, S.A." (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:33)






Original scientific description:

Spencer, B. (1896). Mammalia, pp. 1-52. In: Spencer, B. (ed.). Report on the Work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia. Part 2. Zoology. Melbourne: Melville, Mullen & Slade..


Other references:

Archer, Michael. (1976). Application for the suppression of the name Sminthopsis murina var. constricta Spencer, 1896 (Marsupialia, Dasyuridae). Z.N.(S.)2080. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 33: 127-128.

Dixon, Joan M. (1970). [title?]. Mem. Natn. Mus. Melb. 31: 107.

ICZN. (1981). Opinion 1198. Sminthopsis murina var. constricta Spencer, 1896 (Mammalia, Marsupalia) suppressed. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 38(4): 274-275.

Finlayson, Hedley Herbert. (1961). On central Australian mammals. Part IV. The distribution and status of central Australian species. Records of the South Australian Museum 14: 141-191.

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. 74]

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. x + 273 pp. [p. 33]

Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1965). A review of the marsupial genus Sminthopsis (Phascogalinae) and diagnoses of new forms. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89: 307-321.

Wood Jones, Frederic. (1923). The Mammals of South Australia. Part I. The Monotremes and the Carnivorous Marsupials (The Ornithodelphia and didactylous Didelphia). Adelaide: Government Printer. 131 pp. [5 April 1923] [p. 118] 


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