Potorous tridactylus trisulcatus (McCoy, 1865)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: fossil

Rediscovered (living specimens assigned to this fossil taxon) (Frankham et al., 2012; Jackson & Groves, 2015:141)



New South Wales (coastal, south of Sydney basin), South Australia (extreme south-eastern) & Victoria, Australia

Type locality: "Bone Cave, near Gisborne, Vic."  (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:59)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: "mandibular fragment containing at least sectorial premolar", now considered lost (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:59)






Original scientific description:

McCoy, Frederick. (1865). Note. Quarter Sheet 7 NW. Mt. Aitken. Geological Survey of Victoria.


Other references:

Calaby, J. H. and Richardson, B. J. (1988). Potoroidae, pp. 53-59. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 59]

Claridge, A. W., Cunningham, R. B. and Tanton, M. T. (1993). Foraging patterns of the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) for hypogeal fungi in mixed-species and regrowth eucalypt forest stands in southeastern Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 61(1-2): 75-90.

Department of the Environment (2022). Potorous tridactylus trisulcatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 27 Aug 2022 13:25:36 +1000.

Frankham, Greta J., Handasyde, Kathrine A. and Eldridge, Mark D. B. (2012). Novel insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the endangered marsupial genus Potorous. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 592-602.

Frankham, Greta J., Handasyde, Kathrine A. and Eldridge, Mark D. B. (2016). Evolutionary and contemporary responses to habitat fragmentation detected in a mesic zone marsupial, the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) in south-eastern Australia. J. Biogeogr. 43(4): 653-665.

Frankham, Greta J. and Johnston, P. G. (2023). Long-nosed Potoroo, Potorous tridactylus, pp. 305-306. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 141]

Mahoney, J. A. (1964). The taxonomic status of Dasyurus affinis McCoy [1865] (Dasyuridae) and Hypsiprymnus trisulcatus McCoy [1865] (Macropodidae), two marsupials from a Holocene cave deposit near Gisborne, Victoria. Proc. R. Soc. Vict. 77: 252-533.


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