Bettongia pusilla McNamara, 1997:98

Nullabor dwarf bettong, Thompson's potoroo



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: after 1500 AD

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


This species is only known from sub-fossil remains (Baynes, 1987; Lundelius & Turnbull, 1989; McNamara, 1997; Prideaux et al., 2007)



Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia and South Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: P35450 ("right dentary")






Original scientific description:

McNamara, J. C. (1997). Some smaller macropod fossils of South Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 117: 97-106.


Other references:

Baynes, A. (1987). The original mammal fauna of the Nullarbor and southern peripheral regions: evidence from skeletal remains in superficial cave deposits, pp. 139-152, 401-402. In: McKenzie, N. L. and Robinson, A. C. (eds.). A Biological Survey of the Nullarbor Region South and Western Australia in 1984. Adelaide: S. Aust. Dept. Environment and Planning.

Boscacci, L.J., McKenzie, N.L., and Kemper, C.M. 1987. Mammals. In: N.L. McKenzie and A.C. Robinson (eds), A biological survey of the Nullarbor region South and Western Australia in 1984, pp. 103-137. South Australian Department of Environment and Planning, Adelaide.

Burbidge, A.A., McKenzie, N.L., Brennan, K.E.C., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Dickman, C. R., Baynes, A., Gordon, G., Menkhorst, P.W. and Robinson, A.C. 2009. Conservation status and biogeography of Australia’s terrestrial mammals. Australian Journal of Zoology 56: 411-422.

Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J. 2016. Bettongia pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136805A21960843. Downloaded on 14 August 2018.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 137]

Lundelius, E. L. and Turnbull, W. D. (1984). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Macropodidae: Potorinae. Fieldiana, Geology, new series no. 14. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

Lundelius, E. L., and W. D. Turnbull. (1989). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Part VII: Macropodidae: Sthenurinae, Macropodinae, with a review of the marsupial portion of the fauna. Fieldiana, Geology, new series 17: 1-71.

Prideaux, G.J., J. A. Long, L. K. Ayliffe, J. C. Hellstrom, B. Pillans, W. E. Boles, M. N. Hutchinson, R. G. Roberts, M. L. Cupper, L. J. Arnold, P. D. Devine, and N. M. Warburton. (2007). An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia. Nature 445: 422-425.


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