Potorous gilbertii Gould, 1841
Gilbert's potoroo, Gilbert's rat(-)kangaroo, Gilbert's kangaroo rat (Gray, 1843:94), ngil-gyte/nilgyte (used by the King George's Sound aboriginals), garlgyte (aboriginal), ngilkat
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Potorous gilberti Gould, 1841; Hypsiprymnus gilberti Gould, 1841; Hypsiprymnus Gilbertii Gould, 1841; Potorous tridactylus gilbertii Gould, 1841; Potorous tridactylus gilberti Gould, 1841; Hypsiprymnus micropus "Gould's MSS" (Waterhouse, 1841:180)
Last record: between 1874 and 1879
Rediscovered in 1994 (Start et al. 1995)
IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered
The following extract is from (Thornback & Jenkins, 1984) and pertains to Potorous platyops (Broad-faced potoroo):
"In 1977 it was reported that a recent intensive search for the species conducted by the Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Wildlife had failed to locate it, though in the same year there were reports of a small mammal seen by loggers clear-felling in the Shannon Basin which may have been this species or the western subspecies of the Long-nosed Potoroo ([b]Potorous tridactylus gilberti[/b]) which has also not been collected since the last century [(Anonymous, 1977)]." (p. 43)
The details of the "recent intensive search" can be read in (Anonymous, 1976b). Moreover, since P. gilbertii has since been rediscovered, it may be more likely that the 1976/77 unconfirmed report should be treated as referring to P. gilbertii.
Western Australia, Australia
"The type specimen [i.e. holotype] came from near King George's Sound. Old skulls are found in caves in the Margaret River district, south-west of Busselton."
Biology & Ecology
Original scientific description:
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