Euowenia grata (De Vis, 1887)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Owenia grata De Vis, 1887; Euowenia coreis Michna, 1995 (nomen nudum; see Mackness et al. 2015:"2")


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene (Stirton et al. 1967; Murray, 1984)





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: QMF519 (skull and jaws)


Other specimens:

MV P 48551






Original scientific description:

De Vis, C. W. [In Anon.] (1887). On an extinct mammal of a genus apparently new. The Brisbane Courier, no. 9224, vol. 44, August 8th, 1887, p. 6, cols 1,2.


Other references:

Bartholomai, A. and Woods, J. T. (1976). Notes on the vertebrate fauna of the Chinchilla Sand. Appendix 2. Bulletin of the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Australia 166: 151-152.

Camens, Aaron B. (2010). Special Report: Tracking megabeasts in Southern Australia. The Australian Geologist 156: 34-36.

Camens, Aaron B. and Wells, Roderick T. (2009). Diprotodontid footprints from the Pliocene of Central Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29: 863-869.

Camens, Aaron B. and Wells, Roderick T. (2010). Palaeobiology of Euowenia grata (Marsupialia: Diprotodontinae) and its Presence in Northern South Australia. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 17(1): 3-19.

De Vis, Charles W. (1888). On an extinct Mammal of genus apparently new. Proc. R. Soc. Qld 4: 99-106, pls. 1-4.

De Vis, Charles W. (1891a). In confirmation of the genus Owenia so-called. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., ser. 2, 6: 159-165, pl. 13.

De Vis, Charles W. (1891b). In confirmation of the genus Owenia. The Sydney Morning Herald no. 16568, 30 April, p. 6.

Mackness, Brian. (1994). Studies of the Late Cainozoic diprotodontid marsupials of Australia 1. Revision of the genus Euowenia. Abstracts of the fourth conference on Australian vertebrate evolution, palaeontology and systematics, Adelaide, 19-21 April, 1993. Records of the South Australian Museum 1994. [Abstract]

Mackness, Brian. (2010). On the identity of Euowenia robusta De Vis, 1891 with a description of a new zygomaturine genus. Alcheringa 34(4): 455-469. [Abstract]

Mackness, B., McNamara, G., Michna, P., Coleman, S. and Godthelp, H. (1994). The Spring Park Local Fauna, a new late Tertiary fossil assemblage from northern Australia. Records of the South Australian Musuem 27: 223.

Mackness, Brian, Black, Karen H. and Price, Gilbert J. (2015). Occurrence of Euowenia grata (De Vis, 1887) (Diprotodontidae, Marsupialia) from the Pliocene Spring Park Local Fauna, northeastern Queensland. Alcheringa 39(2): 164-174.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1975). Index to the genera and species of fossil Mammalia described from Australia and New Guinea between 1838 and 1968. Western Australian Museum Special Publication 6: 1-250.

Michna, P. (1995). The far north Queensland fossil heritage expeditions. Available online at: (accessed 20 June 2015).

Murray, P. F. (1984). Extinctions Downunder: a bestiary of extinct Australian late Pleistocene monotremes and marsupials. In: Martin, P. S. and Klein, R. G. (eds.). Quaternary Extinctions, a Prehistoric Revolution. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press.

Pledge, N. S. (1989). The occurrence of a diprotodontid marsupial referable to Euowenia grata De Vis in western New South Wales. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 113(3): 163-168.

Rich, T. H. (1991). Monotremes, placentals, and marsupials: their record in Australia and its biases, pp. 893-1070. In: P. Vickers-Rich, J. M. Monaghan, R. F. Baird, and T. H. Rich, eds. Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia. Pioneer Design Studio and Monash University, Melbourne.

Stirton, Ruben A., Tedford, R. H. and Woodburne, M. O. (1968). Australian Tertiary deposits containing terrestrial mammals. Univ. Calif. Publs Geol. Sci. 77: 1-30.

Stirton, Ruben A., Woodburne, M. O. and Plane, M. D. (1967). A phylogeny of the Tertiary Diprotodontidae and its significance in correlation, pp. 149-160. In: Stirton, Ruben A., Woodburne, M. O. and Plane, M. D. (eds.). Tertiary Diprotodontidae from Australia and New Guinea. Bulletin of the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Australia 85: 1-160.

Tedford, R. H., Wells, Roderick T. and Williams, D. L. G. (1986). Late Cainozoic sediments and fossil vertebrates, pp. 42-72. In: Wells, Rocerick T. and Callen, R. A. (eds.). The Lake Eyre Basin-Cainozoic Sediments, Fossil Vertebrates and Plants, Landforms, Silicates and Climatic Implications (Australian Sedimentologists Group Field Guide Series, No. 4). Geological Society of Australia.

Turnbull, W. D., Lundelius, E. L. Jr and Tedford, R. H. (1990). Fossil mammals from the Coimadai Local Fauna from Victoria. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 28: 223-245.

Woods, Jack T. (1968). The Identity of the Extinct Marsupial Genus Nototherium Owen. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 15(2): 111-116.


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