Lasiorhinus angustidens (de Vis, 1891)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Phascolomys angustidens De Vis, 1891 (original combination); Lasiorhinus angustioens de Vis, 1891 (orthographic error)


Originally described as Phascolomys angustidens, it was transferred to the genus Lasiorhinus by (Dawson, 1983).


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Darling Downs (eastern), Queensland, Australia


Anatomy & Morphology

It weighed an estimated 50kg (Johnson & Prideaux, 2004:557; Johnson, 2006:20).


Biology & Ecology

It ate grass (Johnson, 2006:20).









Original scientific description:

de Vis, C.W. (1891). Remarks on post-Tertiary Phascolomyidae. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales (2) 6: 235-246.


Other references:

Dawson, Lyndall. (1983a). The taxonomic status of small fossil wombats (Vombatidae: Marsupialia) from Quaternary deposits, and of related modern wombats. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 107: 101-123.

Dawson, Lyndall. (1983b). On the uncertain generic status and phylogenetic relationships of the large extinct vombatid species Phascolomys medius Owen, 1872 (Marsupialia: Vombatidae). Australian Mammalogy 6(1): 5-13.

Johnson, Chris N. (2006). Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50 000 Year History. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. x + 278 pp. [p. 20]

Johnson, Chris N. and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2004). Extinctions of herbivorous mammals in the late Pleistocene of Australia in relation to their feeding ecology: no evidence for environmental change as cause of extinction. Australian Ecology 29: 553-557.

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.

Molnar, R. E. and Kurz, C. (1997). The distribution of Pleistocene vertebrates on the eastern Darling Downs, based on the Queensland Museum collections. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales [b]117[/b]:107-134.


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