Bettongia penicillata francisca Finlayson, 1957:552



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Treated as a subjetive synonym of Bettongia penicillata penicillata by (Jackson & Groves, 2015:136-137). However, de Torres & Marlow (2023:293) imply that it may be valid.


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)



St. Francis Island, Nuyt's Archipelago, South Australia, Australia

Type locality: "St Francis Is., Nuyt's Archipelago, S.A." (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:56), but may be unknown (see Aitken, 1976)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: SAMAM5484 (partial skull without mandible) (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:56)






Original scientific description:

Finlayson, Hedley Herbert. (1957). Preliminary description of two new forms of Bettongia (Marsupialia). Annals And Magazine of Natural History 10: 552-554. [Abstract]


Other references:

Aitken, P. F. (1976). Vertebrate type-specimens in the South Australian Museum V. Mammals. Rec. S. Aust. Mus. 17: 197-203.

Calaby, J. H. and Richardson, B. J. (1988). Potoroidae, pp. 53-59. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 56]

de Torres, P. J. and Marlow, N. J. (2023). Brush-tailed Bettong, Bettongia penicillata, pp. 293-295. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 137]


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