Bettongia anhydra (Finlayson, 1957)

Desert bettong




Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bettongia lesueur anhydra (Finlayson, 1957); Bettongia penicillata anhydra Finlayson, 1957


Wakefield (1967) synonymized B. lesueur anhydra with B. l. lesueur. It was reinstated and elevated to specific status by Matt McDowell in a series of publications (McDowell, 2013; McDowell et al., 2013; McDowell, et al., 2015).


Conservation Status

Last Record: 1933 (Terry, 1937?; McDowell et al. 2015)

IUCN status: Extinct



McEwin Hills, east of Lake McKay, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia












Original scientific description:

Finlayson, Hedley Herbert. (1957). Preliminary description of two new forms of Bettongia (Marsupialia). Annals And Magazine of Natural History 10: 552-554. [Abstract]


Other references:

Burbidge, A. A. and Zichy-Woinarski, J. (2016). Bettongia anhydra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T71510353A71510399. Downloaded on 18 December 2016.

Calaby, J. H. and Richardson, B. J. (1988). Potoroidae, pp. 53-59. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Finlayson, Hedley Herbert. (1958). On central Australian mammals (with notice of related species from adjacent tracts). Part III—The Potoroinae. Rec South Aust Mus 13: 235-303.

Jackson, Stephen M. and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing.

McDowell, M. C. 2013. Late Quaternary faunal responses to environmental change and isolation on a large Australian land-bridge island. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Flinders University, Adelaide.

McDowell, Matthew C., Haouchar, Dalal, Aplin, Ken P., Bunce, Michael, Baynes, Alexander and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2015). Morphological and molecular evidence supports specific recognition of the recently extinct Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Journal of Mammalogy 96(2): 287-296.

McDowell, M. C., Prideaux, G. J., & Baynes, A. (2013). The elevation of Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) to specific status. Late Quaternary faunal responses to environmental change and isolation on a large Australian land-bridge island, 58.

Terry, Michael. (1937). Sand and Sun. London: Michael Joseph Limited. [relevant citation?]

Wakefield, N. A. (1967). Some taxonomic revision in the Australian marsupial genus Bettongia (Macropodidae), with description of a new species. Victorian Naturalist 84: 8-22.

Woinarski, J. C. Z., Burbidge, A. A. and Harrison, P. L. (2014). The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.


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