Thylogale christenseni Hope, 1981

Christensen's pademelon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Thylogale christensenii Hope, 1981


Conservation Status


Last record: c.1250 BCE?


This species is only known from sub-fossil remains, and is believed to have survived until the introduction of domestic dogs, which are hypothesised to have driven it extinct.



Irian Jaya, Indonesia, New Guinea


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: AM F54719 ("left maxillary fragment")

Type locality: "Mapala rock shelter, 4° 3'5,1370 12'E, 3996 m altitude, 100 m southwest of Lake Larson, 2 km north of Northwall, Jaya Mountains, Sudirman Range, Irian Jaya, Indonesia."






Original scientific description:

Hope, J. H. (1981). A new species of Thylogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) from Mapala Rock Shelter, Jaya (Carstensz) Mountains, Irian Jaya (western New Guinea), Indonesia. Records of the Australian Museum 33(8): 369-387.


Other references:

Flannery, Timothy F. (1995). Mammals of New Guinea. Sydney: Australian Museum/Reed New Holland.

Flannery, Timothy F. (1999). The Pleistocene mammal fauna of Kelangurr Cave, central montane Irian Jaya, Indonesia. In: Baynes, Alexander and Long, John A. (eds.). Papers in vertebrate palaeontology. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement No. 57: 341-350.

Hope, Geoffrey S., Flannery, Timothy F. and Boeadi. (1993). A preliminary report of changing Quaternary mammal faunas in subalpine New Guinea. Quaternary Research 40(1): 117-126. [Abstract]

Hope, Geoffrey S. and Hope, J. H. (1976). Man on Mt Jaya, pp. 225-238. In: Hope, G. S., Peterson, J. A., Radok, U. and Allison, I. (eds.). The Equatorial Glaciers of New Guinea. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema.

Hope, J. H. (1976). Fauna. In: Hope, G. S., Peterson, J. A, Radok, U. and Allison, I. (eds.). The equatorial glaciers of New Guinea. Results of the 1971-1973 Australian Universities' Expeditions to Irian Jaya: survey, glaciology, meteorology, biology and palaeoenvironments: 207-224, AA Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. [relevant reference?]

Sutton, AlicTurvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]


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