Chaeropus ecaudatus occidentalis Gould, 1845:10

Western pig-footed bandicoot, Eastern chaeropus (used by Krefft, 1866:12), woda, boda, boodal (Noongar), bertie (WA)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chaeropus occidentalis Gould, 1845:10 (basionym)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1843 (Travouillon et al., 2019); 1927 (Rawlinna; unconfirmed) (Frith, 1979:306)



South Australia (extreme south-western) & Western Australia (southern half), Australia

Type locality: "Walyormouring nr. Goomalling, W.A. (as Walyemara district about 45 miles north-east of the Townsite of Northam) and 40 miles NE of Northam. W.A., white gum forest" (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:36)


Biology & Ecology





BMNH (female; skin & skull) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:36)

LIVCM Derby Coll. Cat. (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:36)







Original scientific description:

Gould, John. (1845). The Mammals of Australia. Part 1. London: Self published.


Other references:

NB: all of the references below relate to Chaeropus spp., but may not relate to this taxon.

Abbott, Ian. (2001). Aboriginal names of mammals species in south-west Western Australia. CALMScience 3(4): 433-486.

Abbott, Ian. (2008a). Historical perspectives of the ecology of some conspicuous vertebrate species in south-west Western Australia. Conservation Science W. Aust. 6(3): 1-214.

Burbidge, Andrew A. and McKenzie, Norman L. (1989). Patterns in the modern decline of western Australia's vertebrate fauna: Causes and conservation implications. Biological Conservation 50(1-4): 143-198.

Calaby, J. H. (1954). Comments on Gilbert's note-book on marsupials. West. Aust. Nat. 4: 147-148.

Fisher, Clem T. (1985). From John Gilbert to John Gould. Australian Zoologist 22(1): 5-14.

Frith, H. J. (1979). Wildlife Conservation, revised edition. Angus & Robertson. xiv + 416 pp. [p. 304-306]

Gilbert, John. (1955). Letter from John Gilbert to John Gould dated April 18, 1842. In: Wagstaffe, R. and Rutherford, G. (eds.). Letters from Knowsley Hall, Lancashire. N.W. Nat. 1955: 169-171.

Harper, Francis. (1945). Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 12: 1-850. [p. 59]

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. 82]

Krefft, Gerard. (1864). Catalogue of mammalia in the collection of the Australian Museum. Sydney.

Krefft, Gerard. (1866). On the vertebrated animals of the lower Murray and Darling, their habits, economy, and geographical distribution. Transactions of the Philosophical Society of New South Wales 1862-1865: 1-33.

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.

Lundelius, Ernest L. Jr. and Turnbull, W. D. (1989). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Part VII: Macropodidae: Sthenurinae, Macropodinae, with a review of the marsupial portion of the fauna. Fieldiana, Geology, new series 17: 1-71.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1988). Peramelidae, pp. 36-42. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 36]

Menkhorst, Peter W. (2009). Blandowski’s mammals: Clues to a lost world. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 121(1): 61-89.

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.

Tate, George Henry Hamilton. (1948). Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 60. Studies in the Peramelidae (Marsupialia). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 92(6): 313-346, text figure 1, tables 1-10.

Thomas, Oldfield. (1888). Catalogue of the Marsupialia and Monotremata in the Collection of the British Museum (Natural History). London: British Museum.

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]

Travouillon, Kenny J., Johnson, K. A. and Burbidge, Alan A. (2023). Pig-footed Bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus, pp. 167-168. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Wakefield, Norman A. (1966a). Mammals of the Blandowski Expedition to north-western Victoria, 1856–57. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 79(2): 371-391.

Wakefield, Norman A. (1966b). Mammals recorded for the mallee, Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 79(2): 627-636.

Whittell, H. M. (1954). John Gilbert's notebook on marsupials. W. Aust. Nat. 4: 104-114.

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.


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