Perameles myosuros Wagner, 1841:293

Marl, Marl bandicoot, Western barred bandicoot, West Australian striped bandicoot, Saddle-backed perameles, Rat-tailed bandicoot, South Australian barred bandicoot (Wood Jones, 1924:146), mal, nyemmel, nymal (Noongar)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Perameles myosuros Wagner, 1841:293 (lapsus); Perameles myosura myosura Wagner, 1841:293; Perameles bougainville myosura Wagner, 1841:293; Perameles bougainville myosuros Wagner, 1841:293; Perameles arenaria Gould, 1844:104


Conservation Status


Last record: 1907 (Travouillon et al., 2023:188)



Western Australia, Australia

Type locality: "Swan River district and the surrounds of King George Sound, W.A." (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40)

Type locality (arenaria): "near York, W.A." (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: whereabouts unknown (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40)

Holotype (arenaria): BMNH (skin) / BMNH (skull) (male) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40)






Original scientific description:

Wagner, J. A. (1841). Beschreibung einer neuen Art von Bandikuts, Perameles myosurus [sic], nebts Bemerkungen über Perameles obesula. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 7(1): 289-297.


Other references:

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

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.

Gould, John. (1844). Exhibition and character of a number of animals, &c. transmitted from Australia by Mr. Gilbert. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1844: 103-107.

Gould, John. (1845-1863). The Mammals of Australia. London: self published.

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]

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Quoy, J. R. C. and Gaimard, J. P. (1830). Zoologie (in) Dumont d'Urville, J.S.C. Voyages de Découvertes de l'Astrolabe Executes par ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829 sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville. Volume 1. Paris: J. Tastu

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., Menard, J. and Burbidge, Alan A. (2023). Marl, Perameles myosuros, pp. 187-188. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

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.

Wagner, J. A. (1853). In: Schreber, J. C. D. von (ed.) (1853-1855). Die Säugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen. Eine Zusammenstellung der neuesten Entdeckungen auf dem Gebiete der Säugthierkunde. Leipzig: T.O. Weigel Suppl. 5 xxvi 810 pp. 51 pls.

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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.

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. 146-150 (account)] ["New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered"]


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