Lagorchestes hirsutus hirsutus Gould, 1844:32

Rufous hare-wallaby, Western hare-wallaby, Wurrup, Whistler (Gould, 1863), woorap



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1896 (Anonymous, 1973); c.1900 (Burbidge, 2004); 1931? (Anonymous, 1973)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



south-west Western Australia (including York District), Australia

Type locality: York District, W.A. (Glauert, 1933:27; Calaby & Richardson, 1988:61)


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: subtropical, temperate, hummock grassland, nocturnal, folivore."

(Calaby & Richardson, 1988:62)



Holotype: BMNH 46.4.25 (damaged skull) / BMNH (skin) (male) (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:61)






Original scientific description:

Gould, J. (1844). Descriptions of three new species of Halmaturus and Lagorchestes. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1844: 31-33.


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Anonymous. (1980). Mammals of the Warburton region. S.W.A.N.S. 10(1): 22-23.

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