Perameles myosuros Wagner, 1841

Marl bandicoot, Saddle-backed perameles



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Perameles bougainville myosura Wagner, 1841; Perameles bougainville myosuros Wagner, 1841


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.

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

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. ["New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered"]


<< Back to the Peramelemorphs database