Chaeropus yirratji Travouillon et al., 2019

Yirratji, Northern pig-footed bandicoot



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1846 (specimens); c.1940? (sightings)



Australia (central)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: NMV C468 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)


Other specimens:

NMV C470 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)

BMNH 1857.10.24.19 (Beck et al., 2022:SM17)






Original scientific description:

Travouillon, Kenny J. et al. (2019). Hidden in plain sight: reassessment of the pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus (Peramelemorphia, Chaeropodidae), with a description of a new species from central australia, and use of the fossil record to trace its past distribution. Zootaxa 4566(1): 1-69. [Abstract]

Other references:

Beck, Robin M. D., Voss, Robert S. and Jansa, Sharon A. (2022). Craniodental morphology and phylogeny of marsupials. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 457: 350 pp., 55 figures, 13 tables. [Supplemental Material]

Phillips, Matthew J., Cascini, Manuela and Celik, Mélina. (2022). Identifying Complex DNA Contamination in Pig-Footed Bandicoots Helps to Clarify an Anomalous Ecological Transition. Diversity 14: 352.

Price, Gilbert J., Jonathan Cramb, Julien Louys, Kenny J. Travouillon, Eleanor M. A. Pease, Yue-xing Feng, Jian-xin Zhao, and Douglas Irvin. (2020). Late Quaternary fossil vertebrates of the Broken River karst area, northern Queensland, Australia. In Papers in Honour of Ken Aplin, ed. Julien Louys, Sue O’Connor, and Kristofer M. Helgen. Records of the Australian Museum 72(5): 193-206.

Travouillon, Kenny J. (2017). To document the diversity of bandicoots and bilbies through time and space. Report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia. 18 pp.


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