Conilurus capricornensis Cramb & Hocknull, 2010

Capricorn rabbit(-)rat, Capricornian rabbit(-)rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Conilurus sp. (Hocknull, 2005:55)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Cramb, Jonathan and Hocknull, Scott. (2010). New Quaternary records of Conilurus (Rodentia: Muridae) from eastern and northern Australia with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 2634: 41-56. [Abstract]


Other references:

Hocknull, Scott A. (2005). Ecological succession during the late Cainozoic of central eastern Queensland: extinction of adiverse rainforest community. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51(1): 39-122. [automatic download]

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 190]

Louys, Julien et al. (2023). Interim report on the vertebrate deposits recovered from the Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton, Queensland. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

Price, Gilbert J., Cramb, Jonathan, Louys, Julien, Travouillon, Kenny J., Pease, Eleanor M. A., Feng, Yue-xing, Zhao, Jian-xin and Irvin, Douglas. (2020). Late Quaternary fossil vertebrates of the Broken River karst area, northern Queensland, Australia. In Papers in Honour of Ken Aplin, Louys, J., O’Connor, S. & Helgen, K.M., eds. Records of the Australian Museum 72(5): 193-206.

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Watts, C. H. S., Baverstock, P. R. and Birrell, J. and Krieg, M. (1992). Phylogeny of the Australian Rodents (Muridae) - a Molecular Approach Using Microcomplement Fixation of Albumin. Australian Journal of Zoology 40(1): 81-90. [Abstract]

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Woinarski, J. and Burbidge, A. A. (2016). Conilurus capricornensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T75927841A75927844. Downloaded on 23 July 2016.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Burbidge, A. A. and Harrison, P. L. (2014). The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing.

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