Chaeropus ecaudatus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:26
Pig-footed bandicoot, Chestnut-eared chaeropus, landwang (Murray-Darling region) (Krefft, 1866:12), walputju, wilalya (Kukata language), kantjilpa/kanjilpa, kunjilba/kuntjilpa (Pitjanjatjarra language), woda, boda, boodal
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Chæropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:26; Perameles ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:25 or 26; Chaeropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:26; Chaeropus castanotis Gray, 1842; Choeropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:26 (orthographic error?; used by Glauert, 1933:24); Chaerpus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838:26 (orth. error used by Grein, 1997)
Last record: 1901; 1907 (Flannery, 1990:48,50); c.1916?; 1926 ("by Pitjantjara men in the Musgrave Ranges" (Flannery, 1990:50)); c.1958 (according to local aborigines; Burbidge et al., 1988)
IUCN RedList status: Extinct
The last European record of the Pig-footed bandicoot is commonly quoted as being in 1926. However, Fischer (1988) and (Burbidge et al., 2008) state that this and other 1920's sightings are unconfirmed. Burbidge et. al. (1988) state that a specimen was collected from Alice Springs c. 1916 (later in the paper they state that it was donated to the National Museum of Victoria; the implication is that it was both collected and donated in 1916), and that local aborigines, when questioned, claimed that it was "still around" about 30 years prior to 1988 (i.e. c.1958). According to (Ride, 1970:102,200), John McKenzie collected a specimen in 1907 for Dr. E. C. Stirling.
New South Wales (southwest), Northern Territory (southern), South Australia (northern), Victoria and Western Australia (all historically), & Queensland (prehistorically), Australia
Biology & Ecology
Holotype: AM PA.422 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)
Type locality: "Australia, New South Wales, banks of Murray River, south of the junction with Murrumbridge River".
QML1312 (Hocknull, 2005b:77)
Other specimens that belong to Chaeropus ecaudatus, but it is unknown to me at present whether they represent the nominate form:
BMNH 1822.214.171.124 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)
BMNH 18126.96.36.199 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)
NMV C2900 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)
UMZC A7.19/1 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)
At least one specimen has unfortunately been destroyed (Fisher, 1984:206)
Above: illustration by John Gould. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Original scientific description:
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