Perameles papillon Travouillon & Phillips, 2018

Butterfly bandicoot, Nullarbor barred bandicoot, Zebra rat, walilya



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1928 (specimen) (Travouillon & Burbidge, 2023:193); 1920-1960 (c.1940?) (source)



Nullarbor, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

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.


Other references:

McKenzie, N. L. and Robinson, A. C. (eds.). (1987). A Biological Survey of the Nulalrbor Region, South and Western Australia, in 1984. Adelaide: Department of Environment and Planning.

Travouillon, Kenny J. (2017). To document the diversity of bandicoots and bilbies through time and space. Report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia. 18 pp.

Travouillon, Kenny J. and Burbidge, Alan A. (2023). Nullarbor Barred Bandicoot, Perameles papillon, pp. 193-194. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

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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