Lagorchestes leporides Gould, 1841:93

Eastern hare wallaby, Eastern hare-wallaby, Brown hare-wallaby, Hare wallaby (Krefft, 1866:20), Common hare-wallaby (archaic), Hare-like kangaroo (Waterhouse, 1841:204), turatt (Murray-Darling aboriginal name) (see Krefft, 1866:20)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Macropus leporoïdes Gould, 1841:93; Lagorchestes leporoïdes Gould, 1841:93; Lagorchestes leporoides Gould, 1841:93 (orthographic error, used by Krefft, 1871:4); Macropus leporides Gould, 1841; Largoehestes leporides (orthographic error; used by, Dawson, 1985:67)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1889 (Lee et al., 2017); 1890 (Marlow, 1958; Calaby, 1971; Fisher & Blomberg, 2012)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


The species is only known historically from Victoria by two specimens collected from Mt. Hope, Northern Plains (Bennett et al., 2006), but may have also occurred in the Mallee region (Williams, 1995). The last specimen was collected in 1890 from north of Booligal, New South Wales (Poole, 1979:16).



New South Wales, South Australia & Victoria, Australia

Prehistorically: Mannalargenna Cave, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Islands, Tasmania (Brown, 1993)


Biology & Ecology




Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, has one specimen:

MCZ 1880 (skin and skull; sex unspecified)


Merseyside County Museums, Liverpool, has three specimens:

MCM D207a (ss; adult female)
MCM D564 (sk; adult female)
MCM D564a (sk; juvenile female)


Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Torino, Italy

MZUT T514 (mount; unsexed adult) (Ghiraldi et al., 2021)
MZUT T515 (mount; unsexed adult) (Ghiraldi et al., 2021)
MZUT T516 (mount; unsexed adult) (Ghiraldi et al., 2021)


Western Australian Museum, Perth:

WAM 2657 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:52)






Original scientific description:

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