Hypogeomys australis Grandidier, 1903

Southern giant jumping rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: c.4,400 years ago





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Grandidier, G. (1903). Description de l’Hypogeomys australis, une nouvelle espèce de rongeur sub-fossile de Madagascar. Bulletin du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris 9: 13-15.


Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Burney DA, Burney LP, Godfrey LR, Jungers WL, Goodman SM, Wright HT, and Jull AJT (2004) A chronology for late prehistoric Madagascar. Journal of Human Evolution 47, 25–63.

Goodman, Steven M. and Jungers, William L. (2014). Extinct Madagascar: Picturing the Island's Past. University of Chicago Press. 296 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

van der Geer, Alexandra, Lyras, George, de Vos, John and Dermitzakis, Michael. (2010). Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons.

Wilson, D. E. and Reeder, D. M. (2005). Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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