Macrotis leucura minor (Spencer, 1897:6)

Lesser rabbit-bandicoot bilby, Lesser rabbit bandicoot, Lesser bilby, urpila



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Peragale minor Spencer, 1897:6 (basionym); Macrotis minor (Spencer, 1897:6)


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of Macrotis leucura) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:44)



Australia (central)

Type locality: "sand-hills about 40 miles NE of Charlotte Waters, N.T." (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:44)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: NMV C7091 (male; in alcohol without skull) / skull possibly NMV C7294 (as identified by Troughton, 1932:233) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:44)






Original scientific description:

Spencer, Baldwin. (1897). Description of two new species of marsupials from Central Australia. Proc. R. Soc. Vict. (new series) 9: 5-11.


Other references:

Brazenor, C. W. (1950). The Mammals of Victoria: and the Dental Characteristics of Monotremes and Australian Marsupials (National Museum of Victoria Australia Handbook No. 1). Melbourne: Brown, Prior, Anderson. [p. 106]

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. 91]

Jones, Frederic Wood. (1923). The marsupial genus Thylacomys. A review of the rabbit-bandicoots, with a description of a new species. Records of the South Australian Museum 2: 333-352.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1988). Thylacomyidae, pp. 43-45. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 44]

Newsome, A. E. (1962). Rabbit-eared Bandicoots or Bilbies. Australian Natural History 14(3): 97-98.

Parker, Shane A. (1973). An annotated checklist of the native land mammals of the Northern Territory. Records of the South Australian Museum 16(11): 1-57.

Ride, W. D. L. (1970). A Guide to the Native Mammals of Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

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.

Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1965). Furred Animals of Australia (8th edition). Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Wood Jones, Frederic. (1924). The Mammals of South Australia. Part II. The Bandicoots and the Herbivorous Marsupials (The syndactylous Didelphia). Adelaide: Government Printer. 2: 132-270. [8 August 1924] [p. 157-158]


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