Perameles myosuros Wagner, 1841

Marl bandicoot, Saddle-backed perameles, Marl



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Perameles bougainville myosura Wagner, 1841; Perameles bougainville myosuros Wagner, 1841; Perameles arenaria Gould, 1844:104


The taxonomy of Western and Eastern barred bandicoots is highly confused. The synonymy provided is almost certainly wrong.


Conservation Status


Last record: 1922





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Wagner, A. (1841). Beschreibung einer neuen Art von Bandikuts, Perameles myosurus, nebts Bemerkungen iiber Peramelesobesula. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 7: 289-297.


Other references:

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Freedman, L. (1967). Skull and tooth variation in the genus Perameles. Part I: Anatomical features. Records of the Australian Museum 27: 147-166. [relevant citation?]

Friend, J. A. and Burbidge, A. A. (1995). Western Barred Bandicoot, Perameles bougainville, pp. 178-180. In: Strahan, Ronald (ed.). The Mammals of Australia. Chatswood, NSW: Reed Books. 756 pp.

Glauert, Ludwig. (1933). The distribution of the marsupials in Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 19: 17-32.

Gordon, G. and Hall, L. S. (1995). Tail fat storage in arid zone bandicoots. Australian Mammalogy 18: 87-90.

Iredale, Tom and Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1934). A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Mem. Aust. Mus. 6: i-xii, 1-122.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 87-88]

Lundelius, Ernest L. Jr. and Turnbull, W. D. (1981). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia Part IV. Fieldiana Geology new ser., no. 6: 1-72. [p. 28]

Maxwell, S., Burbidge, A.A. and Morris, K. (1996). The 1996 Action Plan for Australian Monotremes and Marsupials. Wildlife Australia, Canberra.

Thomas, Oldfield. (1907). List of further collections of mammals from Western Australia, including a series from Bernier Island, obtained for Mr. W.E. Balston; with field-notes by the collector, Mr. G.C. Shortridge. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1906: 763-777.

Travouillon, Kenny J. and Phillips, Matthew J. (2018). Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia): reassessment of two species and description of a new species. Zootaxa 4378(2): 224-256.

Waterhouse, George Robert. (1845). A Natural History of the Mammalia. Volume 1, Containing the Order Marsupiata or Pouched Animals. London: Hippolyte Baillière. 553 pp + 20 pls.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261. ["New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered"]


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