Vombatus mitchelli (Owen, 1838)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Vombatus ursinus mitchelli (Owen, 1838); Vombatus ursinus mitchellii (Owen, 1838); Phascolomys mitchelli Owen, 1838; Phascolomys mitchellii Owen, 1838


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



New South Wales, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BM M10791 (Dawson, 1985:65)

Type locality: "probably from Breccia Cave" (Dawson, 1985:65)

Other specimens:

MF721 (Dawson, 1985:65)
F58707 (Dawson, 1985:65)
F31055 (Dawson, 1985:65)






Original scientific description:

Owen, Richard. (1838). In: Mitchell, T. L. (1838). Three expeditions into the interior of eastern Australia, with descriptions of the recently explored region of Australia Felix, and of the present colony of New South Wales. London, T. and W. Boone. Vol. 1. xxi, 351 pp., 21 pIs. Vol.'2. viii, 405 pp., 30 pIs. 2nd ed.(1839)., Vol. 1. xxi, 355 pp., 21 pIs. Vol. 2. ix, 415 pp., 30 pIs.


Other references:

Dawson, Lyndall. (1983). 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. (1985). Marsupial fossils from Wellington Caves, New South Wales; the historic and scientific significance of the collections in the Australia Museum, Sydney. Records of the Australian Museum 37(2): 55-69.

Hocknull, Scott A. (2005a). Ecological succession during the late Cainozoic of central eastern Queensland: extinction of adiverse rainforest community. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51(1): 39-122. [automatic download]

Louys, Julien. (2015). Wombats (Vombatidae: Marsupialia) from the Pliocene Chinchilla Sand, southeast Queensland, Australia. Alcheringa 39 (3): 394-406. [Abstract]

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.

Owen, Richard. (1838b). Notes on the anatomy of the wombat. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1838: 49-53.

Wakefield, N. A. (1963). Sub-fossils from Mount Hamilton, Victoria. The Victorian Naturalist 79(11): 323-330.

Wakefield, Norman Arthur. (1964a). Recent mammalian sub-fossils of the basalt plains of Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. New series 77(2): 419-425.

Wakefield, Norman Arthur. (1964b). Mammal sub-fossils from basalt caves in south-western Victoria. The Victorian Naturalist 80(9): 274-278.

Waterhouse, George Robert. (1845). A Natural History of the Mammalia. Volume 1, Containing the Order Marsupiata or Pouched Animals. London: Hippolyte Baillière. 553 pp + 20 pls.


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