Potorous tridactylus trisulcatus (McCoy, 1865)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: fossil

Rediscovered (living specimens assigned to this fossil taxon) (Frankham et al., 2012; Jackson & Groves, 2015:141)



New South Wales (coastal, south of Sydney basin), South Australia (extreme south-eastern) & Victoria, Australia

Type locality: "Bone Cave, near Gisborne, Vic."  (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:59)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: "mandibular fragment containing at least sectorial premolar", now considered lost (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:59)






Original scientific description:

McCoy, Frederick. (1865). Note. Quarter Sheet 7 NW. Mt. Aitken. Geological Survey of Victoria.


Other references:

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. 59]

Claridge, A. W., Cunningham, R. B. and Tanton, M. T. (1993). Foraging patterns of the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) for hypogeal fungi in mixed-species and regrowth eucalypt forest stands in southeastern Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 61(1-2): 75-90.

DEECA [Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action]. (2023). Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 Threatened List: June 2023. Published report by The State of Victoria Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Melbourne, Victoria.

Department of the Environment (2022). Potorous tridactylus trisulcatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 27 Aug 2022 13:25:36 +1000.

Frankham, Greta J., Handasyde, Kathrine A. and Eldridge, Mark D. B. (2012). Novel insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the endangered marsupial genus Potorous. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 592-602.

Frankham, Greta J., Handasyde, Kathrine A. and Eldridge, Mark D. B. (2016). Evolutionary and contemporary responses to habitat fragmentation detected in a mesic zone marsupial, the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) in south-eastern Australia. J. Biogeogr. 43(4): 653-665.

Frankham, Greta J. and Johnston, P. G. (2023). Long-nosed Potoroo, Potorous tridactylus, pp. 305-306. 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. 141]

Mahoney, J. A. (1964). The taxonomic status of Dasyurus affinis McCoy [1865] (Dasyuridae) and Hypsiprymnus trisulcatus McCoy [1865] (Macropodidae), two marsupials from a Holocene cave deposit near Gisborne, Victoria. Proc. R. Soc. Vict. 77: 252-533.


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